BILOXI, Mississippi (Reuters) – Fishermen in Mississippi say they are angry that under the terms of BP's $20 billion oil spill fund, money they earn doing clean-up will be subtracted from their claim against the company.
The fishermen reacted after Kenneth Feinberg, the federal official in charge of administering the compensation fund, announced the decision at a town hall meeting in Biloxi on Friday.
Vessels of Opportunity "workers can file a claim, but we will subtract the amount they are paid from BP from their claim. That is how it has to work .... Of course you can file a claim. You must file a claim, but you cannot get paid twice," Feinberg told the meeting.
Answer by mancosmomma at 12:45 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 12:29 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jesse123456 at 1:57 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
OK...it SHOULD be TWO separate things!
1st) is getting paid for WORK they are CURRENTLY doing.
2nd) is being paid for the livelihood that was destroyed because of these idiots and their mistakes.
Its NOT dsouble dipping. It SHOULD be TWO seperate issues!
Answer by momof030404 at 12:40 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:23 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:25 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:03 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
I am arguing with the hubby over this one! LOL I just see it as two separate issues and I dont think they should be ably to mix the two. I think the fisherman have a claim against BP for the initial problem (not a weekly payment like unemployment). And then they deserve to be paid for this TEMPORARY work. Once it's gone they will not be able to go back to their livelihoods like before BECAUSE of BP. They will have to find completely new lines of work when this is all they have known for generations. BP owes them for that! Above and beyond any work they are doing to stay afloat now! I mean, would you expect BP not to payt them if they worked in ANOTHER field? Say they all go get jobs at McDonald's. Should THAT be subtracted from what they get from BP...because I mean TECHNICALLY they ARE working...I dont think so...
Answer by momof030404 at 1:04 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:09 PM on Jul. 17, 2010
Answer by mancosmomma at 1:12 PM on Jul. 17, 2010