Chicago unemployed organize


CHICAGO - Unemployed workers took to the streets here the day after Memorial Day to demand jobs and extension of unemployment benefits.

The newly formed Chicago Unemployed Workers Council organized its first action at an Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) office in the Pilsen neighborhood. The unemployed council was formed at the initiative of Chicago Jobs with Justice, with the participation of several community and labor groups and unemployed workers.

The group gathered petitions calling for jobs and unemployment extensions and talked to people entering the IDES office. Many people walking by the office stopped to talk and to sign petitions. Some were not aware, and shocked to find out, that Congress had recessed for the Memorial Day holiday without authorizing funding to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

The council plans to take action weekly at area IDES offices and other places where the jobless gather.

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  • I hate seeing so much unemployment and debt. There are so many willing people to find work, that just can seem to find a job anywhere. I 'm hopeful that the unemployed will soon be employed again, and will be able to pay their bills, loans, and debts.

    Posted by atlanta title pawn, 05/11/2012 2:48pm (4 years ago)

  • I'm originally from Chicago, and some of my relatives are suffering in that area. It's not just the unions and laborers that some people quickly point a finger to. It's also entrepreneurs like my uncle who's construction company went bankrupt.

    Posted by CPR Training Tampa, 09/07/2011 4:27am (4 years ago)

  • Being unemployed sure isn't fun!

    Posted by Stan, 05/28/2011 6:49am (5 years ago)

  • Nice to see that those who are unemployed are actually taking a stand and doing something!

    Posted by sarah, 05/28/2011 6:49am (5 years ago)

  • a good topik to talk to thanks

    Posted by Male, 04/19/2011 1:51am (5 years ago)

  • Its unfortunate that there are still so many people waiting to make payroll. I wish that more companies were financially capable to start using their human resource department and begin hiring back employees and putting them on their payroll again. Time and attendance needs to be paid to this matter. Unemployment benefits should be lengthened in this awful economy.

    Posted by human resource management, 03/09/2011 7:29pm (5 years ago)

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