Posts Tagged ‘congress’

Your chance to stand with unemployed workers

For the millions of Americans that Wall Street’s recklessness sent to the unemployment line, time is running out. Thanks to right-wing obstructionism in Congress, emergency jobless benefits have already started to lapse—and will leave 2 million unemployed workers without a lifeline by the New Year. Another 4 million will be left out in the cold by the end of February, through no fault of their own.

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Let Congress know: There’s no time to waste on extending unemployment benefits

If Congress doesn’t act by November 30, the lifeline for millions of out-of-work Americans will run out, and job seekers across the country will be left out in the cold for the holidays. It will only be a few days before Congress breaks for Thanksgiving, so there’s no time to waste.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) estimates that two million workers could see their unemployment insurance benefits expire by December, unless Congress acts quickly to restore benefits. And it’s not just the unemployed on the chopping block. It’s our struggling economy, which is in dire need of more consumer spending—not less.

Usually holiday shopping sales give the economy a boost, but the expiration of unemployment benefits means that families struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table, let alone purchase gifts. Fortunately, there’s something you can do.

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“Now I break into a sweat at the sight of a salad bar”


Stephen Colbert knows that America is facing a jobs crisis of epic proportions. Hundreds of hard-working people are laid off every day, and the country’s truthiest political pundit understands that even his cable TV job could eventually be on the chopping block.

That’s why Colbert has been on the prowl for a “fallback position,” some kind of job he can do if “The Colbert Report” is canceled…or outsourced to India. Most of the careers he’s explored thus far have been pretty glamorous: astronaut, spy, tennis champ. But last night, he decided to take on a different kind of job: migrant farm worker.

In July, Colbert promised United Farm Workers (UFW) President Arturo Rodriguez that he would participate in the union’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign. With so many people complaining that immigrants are taking all the good, American jobs, the UFW decided to create a program that allows citizens to literally take a migrant worker’s job: back-breaking farm labor.

So how many people have accepted the “Take Our Jobs” challenge? Read more »