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Urgent action needed on unemployment, COBRA extension

On March 1, nearly 1.2 million workers are scheduled to lose unemployment and COBRA benefits (health coverage) unless Congress acts.

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It’s an unemployment crisis, not a deficit crisis

Extension of jobless benefits is delayed again in the Senate, while conservatives push spending freezes and tax breaks for the rich.

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Extend jobless benefits!

Without this extension millions of unemployed workers and families will be dropped from the rolls. Contact your senators now!

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Senate moving toward smaller jobs bill

The jobs bill now being drafted in the Senate, only half the size of the one passed by the House in December, is "not enough."

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Teens testify ‘We want jobs’

CHICAGO, Ill.— According to 18-year-old African American Gabrielle Banks, having a job as a young person these days, is more than just an opportunity to gain experience in the workforce or build skills. A job is critical, right now, because it helps provide for the basic necessities at home, she said.

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Jobless rate declared dire emergency

WASHINGTON—Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute told a Senate hearing Jan. 21 that unemployment is a "dire emergency" that requires federal action "on a scale that can make a difference."

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Unemployed protest wins changes in system

Unemployed workers in Connecticut are having a little bit easier time filing their claims this week due to a mass phone call protest.

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60 organizations demand gov’t create millions of jobs

A coalition of 60 labor, civil rights and community organizations launched a campaign Dec. 16 to pressure Congress to "put America back to work" by passing legislation that creates millions of living-wage jobs.

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For Black males it’s a depression

While the country struggles with double-digit unemployment Black males face jobless rates that are twice as bad.

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Minnesota experience may offer solution for ‘jobless recovery’

When President  Obama convenes a White House forum Dec. 3 to consider ways to create jobs, he should ponder a program that worked successfully for Minnesota in the 1980s.

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