AP News

 Work has halted at all of the Kellogg Company’s U.S. cereal plants as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike. It wasn’t immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or other iconic brands would be disrupted. The strike includes plants in Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee. The union and company have been at an impasse for more than a year. Daniel Osborn, president of the local union in Omaha said the dispute is over the loss of several key benefits, and the company has threatened to move work to Mexico.

Iowans Prepare To Lose Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Jun 11, 2021

Iowans on unemployment will lose their additional 300-dollar federal unemployment payments starting Monday.  Iowans stand on both sides of the issue.  Some say Governor Kim Reynolds is ending unemployment benefits for political gain, while others say Iowans on unemployment need to be more focused on getting a job.  Business Centric Technology says there are currently about 15 percent more jobs available across the country than before the coronavirus pandemic.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska will start issuing emergency supplemental nutrition benefits to people who qualify on Feb. 9. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, will get increased money on their EBT cards. The extra assistance comes from the federal government. Recipients saw a boost earlier in the pandemic, but the aid eventually expired. Gov. Pete Ricketts initially declined to renew Nebraska’s request for the benefit as the economy recovered, but reapplied later as the number of virus cases surged.

Nebraska will extend its unemployment benefits for the first time in nearly 40 years in response to the mass layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nebraska Department of Labor says it will provide up to an additional 13 weeks for eligible recipients who have exhausted their regular or pandemic unemployment benefits. The extended benefits were triggered when the state unemployment rate hit 5.2% during the week of June 14. Other states are offering similar extended benefits based on their unemployment rate.