Jan 04, 2024



Helpful Hints for Local 8 Members applying for Ohio Unemployment

If asked to report places you're seeking work, reply "IBEW LOCAL UNION #8" for each
entry and also (EXCLUSIVE UNION HIRING HALL). OBES will note this and ask you to provide union verification. Contact referral for "union hiring hall verification". We will provide verification to OBES and no response is necessary on your part for this step. Local 8 will ask if your claim is all Ohio or a special claim.(Special claims consist of combined wages of multiple states.)

  • Reply NO to question - "Are you attending school?"
  • After applying, remember your Claimant ID Number.
  • Read the Workers Guide to Unemployment linked below
  • Read all correspondences - a timely response to issues and appeals is usually required.

To file your claim, click on Ohio Unemployment. This link also includes a list of information you will need to file. Click ibew8.workingsystems to print your work history from the Local 8 website.



If you are filing for Michigan Unemployment, click on https://www.michigan.gov/ for all the information you need to begin the process. The link includes a list of information you will need to file, eligibility requirements, what you need to know before and after you file and more. You will also be able to start the process right on this site. 

Click ibew8.workingsystems to print your work history from the Local 8 website.

UIA UPdate: Workers returning to unemployment should reopen their previous claim
Visit https://www.michigan.gov/UIA Update: Workers returning to unemployment should reopen previous claim (November 19, 2020)

More information - click on Emergency Unemployment Compensation through April 2021.


Michigan Unemployment Issues?

If you’re a union member in good standing receiving unemployment insurance benefits and utilize a hiring hall to search for work, your participation with the hall satisfies the UIA’s work search requirement that you report when you certify. We’ve been told that due to a programming error, there is not currently a  “Union Hiring Hall” option to select from the drop down when inputting your work search through MiWAM. The Agency is working to correct this.

Until the correction is made, members should select “submit application/resume” as your work search activity in the drop down menu when reporting their activity for the week in MiWAM. Alternatively, members can certify over the phone through MARVIN where an agent will assist you.

All claimants who certify by phone will need to call according to the schedule. Claimants who need to report their work search activity must complete the automated certification questions and remain on the line to connect with an agent to report their work search activity for each week.



IBEW Local 8
807 Lime City Rd
Rossford, OH 43460

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