Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, the GOP pushes for tax breaks for billionaires as America's economy crumbles.
Millions of Americans are almost certain to lose their unemployment checks this month after Congress failed to extend benefits by the Nov. 30 deadline.
As federal unemployment benefits expired for 800,000 Americans Tuesday, people rallied in downtown Cleveland to demand extension of this critical lifeline.
If Congress fails to immediately extend benefits more than two million jobless workers will lose their lifeline in December.
Angry but undaunted, the labor movement called for the “lame duck” Conngress to approve an extension of unemployment benefits before they adjourn for the holidays in December.
Republicans want to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, but they won't commit to extending unemployment compensation for millions of workers at risk of losing their benefits at the height of the holiday season.
The Chicago Unemployed Workers Council, a project of Chicago Jobs with Justice, staged a jobs demonstration last Friday to coincide with the release of unemployed figures for October.
Already facing disproportionately high levels of unemployment due to systemic racial discrimination, the recession removed job opportunities for nearly half of those with diplomas and eligible for work.
Midterm elections are next week and union construction jobs are up for grabs in California. Nonunion building contractors in the state, hungry for a bigger share of public sector projects in the wake of the building bust, have taken their fight with labor to the ballot box.
Though she is without full-time employment, Emily Norton works even harder today. She now has four part-time jobs but earns just one-third of what she made while working full time.