On March 1, nearly 1.2 million workers are scheduled to lose unemployment and COBRA benefits (health coverage) unless Congress acts.
Extension of jobless benefits is delayed again in the Senate, while conservatives push spending freezes and tax breaks for the rich.
Without this extension millions of unemployed workers and families will be dropped from the rolls. Contact your senators now!
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."
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.
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."
Unemployed workers in Connecticut are having a little bit easier time filing their claims this week due to a mass phone call protest.
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.
While the country struggles with double-digit unemployment Black males face jobless rates that are twice as bad.
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.