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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2013 – The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) warns that a red line has been crossed. Less than half of the U.S. population is now part of its workforce.
“The BLS report of only 165,000 new jobs added last month underscores the pathetic response to this chronic jobs crisis by America’s political leaders,” [...]
The Summary of U.S. Real Unemployment makes these several adjustments and determines the number of Real Unemployed Persons.
In April 2013:
The number of Real Unemployed Persons increased by 216,000 to 21.9 million (i.e., the 11.7 mm unemployed persons BLS identified plus the 10.3 mm workers in total who are marginally attached or part-time-of-necessity), specifically [...]
Dear UCubed Leaders:
The Union of Unemployed is taking on an entire political party. Again.
Last year our BEE MAD @ THE GOP campaign made a serious point with its zany videos. We pitted worker bees against PAC-a-derms in what seemed like a lost cause. And yet, we stung the s#!& out of them in the November [...]
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Washington, D.C., March 8, 2013 – The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) welcomes today’s U.S. Department of Labor jobs report and renews its call for an ambitious, robust jobs program to accelerate the trend.
“Finally, we are seeing the kind of job growth numbers that unemployed Americans desperately need,” said UCubed President Rick [...]
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) has released a new website in its efforts to organize, educate and empower unemployed and underemployed Americans. Features include a running tab on the “real” unemployment rate which now stands at 14.4 percent.
Unlike the official unemployment rate, as [...]
In 48 hours the United State Senate will need a Unanimous Consent agreement to pass… er, hot air.
And yet, the GOP Speaker of the House, John Boehner, wants Senate Democrats to pass a $4 trillion dollar grand bargain that his own caucus refused to consider… or, alternatively, pass a scaled-down version to let House and [...]
The Union of Unemployed(UCubed) launched a new Facebook campaign to encourage its 132,000 Facebook fans – and their 35 million friends – to urge Congress to vote against austerity measures being proposed by the GOP.
“Exit Left Ahead” declares the [...]
Washington, D.C., November 2, 2012 – The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) asserts today’s unemployment number released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will have little effect on jobless voters on Election Day.
“This BLS report is still three years late and three points too high,” said UCubed Executive Director Rick Sloan. “America’s jobless wanted [...]
Since its launch 92 days ago, our BEE MAD @ THE GOP campaign has run up the score. Two numbers tell part of the story. They’re available at http://www.Facebook.com/ucubed: UCubed has 129,000 “fans” and they have 34.3 million “friends of fans.”
But there are also numbers that only a Facebook page administrators can see:
“Daily People [...]
Washington, D.C., August 31, 2012 – Now in the sixth week of its BEE MAD @ THE GOP campaign, the Union of Unemployed (UCubed) sent a pointed message to delegates leaving the 2012 Republican National Convention: “BEEWARE OF THE BUZZ.”
“For 138 years, the GOP mascot has been the elephant. Now, finally, it has met [...]
Washington, D.C., May 04, 2012 – The latest employment numbers from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects the despair felt by America’s unemployed, with an increased number of working age Americans giving up on finding any kind of job.
Despite an official employment rate that dropped one-tenth of a percent and the addition of [...]
by Leo Hindery
Chairman, Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation
Our Summary of U.S. Real Unemployment includes everything that BLS leaves out. It also identifies the Real Jobs Gap which needs to be closed in order to be at 5% full employment in real terms, job openings, and average weeks unemployed. As of March [...]
Want to thank someone on Capitol Hill?
How about Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who introduced S.1517, the 21st Century Works Progress Administration (WPA) Act? Or Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), John Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Begich (D-AK) who cosponsored S. 1517?
Lautenberg’s WPA 2.0 authorizes $250 billion to employ individuals who have [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: As Crisis Wears On, ‘UCubed’ Aims to Be Megaphone for Unemployed, and Ignored (1 year ago)
By Roger Bybee
Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012
In These Times
“o one is hiring for entry level jobs, temp services are taking advantage and not even finding steady positions for people, the wages are so low and college graduates are not finding work in their chosen fields…yet the politicians want to play the old “blame game”; it [...]
Several states will begin dropping long-term, unemployment-insurance recipients from their rolls next month.
Beginning April 7, 2012, jobless residents living in Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin will begin to lose their benefits. The federal Extended Benefits program, which grants claimants in states with high unemployment rates an additional 13 to [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: ‘Jobs Day’: Monthly release of employment data an economic, political obsession (1 year, 2 months ago)
By Eli Saslow
The Washington Post
Published Friday, March 9, 2012
The president’s senior advisers walked into the Roosevelt Room at 8:29 a.m., refreshing the screens on their BlackBerrys in a race to see the monthly employment numbers first. Their daily planning meeting in the White House always felt a bit futile on this one [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: “Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?” — They Both Need It and Deserve It (1 year, 3 months ago)
By Leo Hindery, Jr. and Rick Sloan
The Huffington Post
February 14, 2012
In one of the most uninformed — and counter-productive — op-eds we’ve read in the last five years, President Barack Obama’s first chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Christina D. Romer, just spent 1,200 words arguing that we should do nothing about [...]
By Mackenzie Weinger
February 14, 2012
The United States’s voter registration system is in chaos — about 24 million registrations are no longer valid and nearly 2 million dead people still on voter rolls, according to a new report Tuesday.
Along with the one of every eight voter registrations that is not valid or has significant [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: Catholic Bishops Ask Congress To Renew Unemployment Insurance (1 year, 3 months ago)
by Arthur Delaney
The Huffington Post
February 13, 2012
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates have leaped to the defense of the Roman Catholic Church in its birth-control battle against President Barack Obama’s administration. But while they may agree with the church on contraception and abortion, they’re way out of sync on unemployment insurance.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: It Might Be “Halftime In America,” but the Jobless Still Face A Challenging Second Half (1 year, 3 months ago)
Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl ad was a hot topic around the water cooler last week. As Eastwood growls through the two-minute spot, he speaks of America fighting back against a prolonged employment crisis. And he highlights Detroit’s comeback thanks to President Obama’s support of the American auto industry.
As the ad concludes, Eastwood drops an [...]
By Michael Grabell
Published February 11, 2012, New York Times
The polarized rhetoric of the 2012 election cycle presents voters with a false choice of whether the government can create jobs or should just get out of the way. The real debate should be about which policies work and which don’t.
The stimulus could have been more powerful [...]
The Washington Post estimates President Obama devoted nearly half of his third State of the Union address to the economy. But while much was said about jobs, workers, business taxes, and energy, two words were never used – the words were “jobless” and “unemployed.”
“President Obama’s rallying cry for a national commitment to re-train 2 million [...]
latoya wrote a new blog post: 21st Century Works Progress Administration Can Create Millions of Jobs (1 year, 3 months ago)
Washington, D.C., January 23, 2012 – International Association of Machinists (IAM) President Tom Buffenbarger, speaking at the Labor Summit sponsored by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), urged a renewed focus on a 21st Century Works Progress Administration (WPA).
“Between 1935 and 1938, over 9.7 million jobless Americans received WPA pay checks,” said Buffenbarger. “The WPA offered [...]
Since December 2007 — the official start of this Grave Recession and over 48 months ago — America’s jobless thought the tide would turn, that a recovery was right around the corner, that government had their backs. Now we know better.
The destruction done by $42 trillion in toxic assets cannot be repaired by payroll tax [...]
Across America today, jobless parents prepare for Christmas. No tree, no lights, no stockings, no presents — just a silent prayer as they watch over their most precious gifts: their kids.
Their lives come much closer to the Nativity story — a skilled-worker and his wife looking for shelter — than all the glitzy storefronts at [...]