In today's difficult economy, times are tough. But when nearly all employees are laid off, they are at least permitted to collect unemployment. Yet because we are schools employees, there is a code that exempts us from collecting during summer recess, a code that applies to other school employees, as well it should. However, we are a special breed whose circumstances are far different from all other school employees. Therefore I feel it is grossly unfair to lump us with these other employees. Other school employees are truly "reassured" of returning to their jobs in September. They know they will work all year and every day, and get paid for every day. Subs on the other hand are unfairly lumped into this group simply because the disctricts send us these "Letters of reasurrance" that we will return in the fall. These letters of reassurance, however, do not insure that you will even get a dime the rest of the year. They only insure that you are eligible to be called for work, and are eligible to seek daily work. Theoretically, we can be offered no work all year, but be disallowed unemployment only because we get these letters of reassurance. I did my part by writing to the EDD office, and explaining my situation to a judge a few years back. It was to no avail, but maybe if others complain they might alter some things. I am worried this year because the sub tech at my most lucrative district says she is not to optimistic regarding work for subs this year. So much for the worthless reassurance letter. All it reassures is that we cannot collect unemployment. Conversely, my best freind works for a labor union, and sits home five months every year while collecting full unemployment. I would like to see us flood the EDD office with our complaints.