Appeal from the Order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in case of In Re: Claim of Robert Zielinski.
Robert Zielinski, appellant, for himself.
Daniel R. Schuckers, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.
Judges Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer and Rogers, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Wilkinson.
This is an appeal by a claimant from the order of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review which affirmed the decision of the referee and the Bureau of Employment Security determining that claimant was ineligible for benefits on the grounds that he refused suitable work.
Claimant's last regular employment was as a tractor-trailer driver for the A & P Tea Company. This "steady employment" was terminated on October 1, 1973, although there is evidence of some part-time employment as an extra driver until December 31, 1973. Claimant's rate of pay with A & P Tea Company was $5.30 an hour.
On April 26, 1974, approximately seven months after the termination of his regular employment and four months after his last part-time employment, claimant was given a referral by the employment office interviewer for a position as a tractor-trailer driver with Affiliated Foods at a pay of $3.50 an hour. Claimant refused to pursue the referral, giving various reasons. The two principal reasons were that the rate of pay was less than he had previously been receiving and that he had heard that the referral employer held drivers liable for shortages on merchandise. Claimant elaborated on the second reason by saying that he heard that the trailers were loaded in the absence of the drivers and, therefore, it seemed unfair to hold the drivers responsible for the contents. There were a number of other reasons given by claimant at various stages, all based on rumor, what claimant had been told by friends, and some personal observations he made over five years before while working for a previous employer.
The Bureau, the referee, and the Board all concluded that the referral employment was within claimant's capabilities, paid an appropriate wage, and the work was suitable. A review of the record leads us to conclude that from claimant's own testimony, there was more than ample evidence on which to base this conclusion. Under such circumstances, we must affirm the Board. "Credibility of witnesses, the weight of their testimony, and the reasonable inferences to be drawn from it are for the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review." Hoover v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 14 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 459, 462, 322 A.2d 750, 752 (1974).
Claimant is ineligible under the provisions of Section 402(a) of the Unemployment Compensation Law, Act of December 5, 1936, Second Ex. Sess., P.L. (1937), 2897, as amended, 43 P.S. § 802(a):
"An employe shall be ineligible for compensation ...