Congress must pass a year long extension of the federal extended unemployment benefits program before it breaks for the holidays. Unless Congress reauthorizes the current program before it expires on November 30th, jobless benefits will be cut off for about 2 million workers by the end of December. Cutting off benefits would have a devastating impact on unemployed workers, their families, and the local retail businesses and communities that rely on consumer spending during the traditional holiday shopping season.
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Dear UCubed Leaders:
Listening to the car radio last night, I heard an ad that started:
We have a jobs crisis in America and Washington is making it worse. Over 21 million people are looking for full-time work. Our labor participation rate is now the lowest since the 1970s.
It caught my attention. Not since Romney’s Bump in [...]
Dear Democratic Activist:
Ah yes the unemployed… the invisible… the forgotten.
Republican conventional wisdom would have you believe that these unfortunate Americans are hopelessly bitter, alienated, filled with fear and afflicted with all the moral failings of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent.
If these unemployed folks truly want to improve their situations, Romney told us, all they need to [...]
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) has launched a new Facebook campaign to encourage its 139,000 Facebook fans – and their 38.2 million friends – to hold the GOP accountable for sinking the U.S. economy.
“This depression has gone on too long. And its longevity is due entirely to the GOP’s obstructionism and its affinity for crippling [...]
Dear UCubed Leaders:
Why, with the broadest measure of unemployment – U-6 – stuck at 13.8 percent, aren’t we focusing on the massive damage being done to our country?
Again, the GOP answer is CAN’T, as in we CAN’T do anything that might help our political enemies. Instead, they fill the airwaves with the CANT of austerity [...]
Rick Sloan wrote a new blog post: Report: Young Workers ‘Stuck’ in Long-term Jobs Crisis (1 month ago)
A new Demos report finds that young workers are no better off than they were a year ago and are continuing to endure a jobs crisis even as the economy recovers.
“For many young people the promises of finding a good job, starting a family, or making a better life for themselves are all on hold [...]