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D'AMATO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE. (09/12/61)

September 12, 1961

D'AMATO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CASE.


Appeal, No. 183, Oct. T., 1961, by claimant, from decision of Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. B-61856, in re claim of Antonio D'Amato. Decision affirmed.

COUNSEL

James F. Doherty, with him Richard S. Hoffman, for appellant.

Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, with him Anne X. Alpern, Attorney General, for Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, appellee.

Before Ervin, Wright, Woodside, Watkins, Montgomery, and Flood, JJ. (Rhodes, P.j., absent).

Author: Montgomery

[ 196 Pa. Super. Page 77]

OPINION BY MONTGOMERY, J.

This is an appeal from the decision of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review disqualifying the claimant, Antonio D'Amato, from eligibility for benefits under the provisions of section 402(a) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, 43 P.S. 802(a).

Claimant was last employed as a cabinetmaker by the Interstate Parlor Frame Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at $2.00 per hour. His last day of work was April 8, 1960 at which time he had a valid separation therefrom.

On August 26, 1960 claimant received a referral to the Philadelphia Parlor Frame Company. The job proffered to the claimant was that of a cabinetmaker but the wage offered was only $1.75. Claimant refused this employment on the ground that the wages were not in conformity with the union pay scale. Local 77 Upholsterers' and Frameworkers' Union is the exclusive

[ 196 Pa. Super. Page 78]

    bargaining agent for the employes of most of the firms engaged in the furniture frame industry in the Philadelphia area, and at the time had a uniform collective bargaining contract with these employers calling for a minimum wage of $2.00 per hour for cabinetmakers. The Philadelphia Parlor Frame Company was operating under the uniform contract with Local No. 77 and the offered wage below the contractual minimum was a patent violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Because of claimant's refusal to accept the proffered employment, compensation benefits were terminated by the Bureau of Employment Security, which decision, upon appeal, was upheld by the Referee and the Board of Review.

This Court has repeatedly held that an unemployment compensation claimant cannot refuse to accept a referral to a job opportunity, if otherwise suitable, merely because the wages or salary of the proffered employment is less than that received in prior employment. Nygren Unemployment Compensation Case, 184 Pa. Superior Ct. 138, 132 A.2d 727; Bentz Unemployment Compensation Case, 190 Pa. Superior Ct. 582, 155 A.2d 461.

A claimant who seeks benefits must at all times be ready and willing to accept suitable employment from the employment office, or from any employer, and must have substantive and reasonable grounds for refusing the offered work. Pompa ...


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