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Rep. John Conyers of Michigan and Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida have established a new Full Employment Caucus in Congress to help end the high rate of unemployment. The caucus will identify solutions to the current crisis and advocate new legislation, such as the Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act. The caucus, which includes 15 founding members, will tackle some of the same issues as UCubed, the Union of Unemployed, which began as an IAM Community Service Project.
A new Facebook campaign by the Union of Unemployed (UCubed) has the World Wide Web buzzing with disdain and anger for GOP members of Congress whose policies have kept the jobless broke and out-of-work.
After this week, no state will provide additional weeks of emergency unemployment insurance. More than a half million workers will be affected.
Anemic employment figures released by the U.S. Labor Department mark the third straight month of weak hiring and rounds out a poor second quarter for 2012. The real unemployment rate rose to 17.3 percent as the number of real unemployed workers increased by 463,000 in June, fueling concerns that the economy has taken a turn for the worse.
The Great Recession has erased nearly two decades of the average American family’s net worth, leaving many no better off than they were in the early 1990s, says a new report by the Federal Reserve.
Last week, the Union of the Unemployed (UCubed) registered on the radar screens of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Daily Caller, Human Events aka the John Birch Society, the Drudge Report, the Romantic Poet, Fox Business News and literally thousands of their fruitcake friends went bananas over the idea that UCubed would even try to organize the unemployed.
The strike by 3,600 IAM members at Lockheed Martin is fast becoming a symbol of what many unions across the country are facing: profitable corporations pitting current workers against new hires in an attempt to achieve deep and permanent concessions.
Three years after America's largest financial collapse since the Great Depression, the U.S. economy is still unsteady. While some banks received huge bailouts, countless Americans are struggling. A new four-hour documentary by PBS FRONTLINE investigates what has been done (and not done) to secure America's financial future.
Prepaid bank cards provide the jobless easy access to their benefits and can help those without a bank account avoid check-cashing fees and the risk of carrying cash. However, Big Banks are stinging too many unemployed Americans with unnecessary and hidden costs.
Senate Democrats have offered an emergency plan for extending unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for millions of jobless Americans whose benefits are set to expire on February 29, 2012.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor yesterday against the Republicans’ so-called Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act.
The president seems to have forgotten all about these people, who are trying to get by in an economy that is shedding as many jobs as it creates. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the aviation industry has been among the hardest hit. America's aviation manufacturers shipped a total of more than 6,000 airplanes in 2007 and 2008. The total for 2010 was 1,334. Net factory billings fell to less than $8 billion last year from more than $13 billion in 2008, retrenchment to a level not seen since 2004. The biggest losers have been industry workers who have lost their jobs.
New data released by the Census Bureau shows that nearly one in six Americans now lives below the federal poverty line – earning less than $22,314 a year for a family of four. Not only did the poverty level jump, but household income dropped below 1997 levels. The only group to have significant income gains were the richest one percent of Americans.
Union of Unemployed (UCubed) calls on the White House to deliver real, robust and immediate solutions to our nation’s jobs crisis in tonight’s presidential address on jobs.
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) will be holding its own election ahead of the 2012 primaries. Aimed at focusing the U.S. political agenda on JOBS Now! and giving the jobless a chance to vote for or against presidential candidates who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk, UCubed is introducing the “Pink Slip Primary.”
America is facing a catastrophic jobs crisis. Not since the Great Depression has official unemployment hovered above nine percent -- where it is today -- for more than 20 months. Millions of American have given up looking for a job altogether. Even worse, real unemployment is more than 18%. Yet Washington overall has obviously yet to embrace a large-scale job creation agenda. Even if we reach consensus around the deficit -- the only economic issue even getting any attention these days -- it will do little to help the 29 million Americans who are unemployed in real terms. If we do not seriously tackle jobs, our country may never regain its competitive global edge.
More than 6.8 million jobless Americans are about to see their situations go from bad to worse.
The GOP promise in the 2010 elections that “getting government out of the way” by cutting spending would create jobs is turning out to have the effect most economists expected – more layoffs.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are in private talks to raise the U.S. debt ceiling – the legal limit on borrowing by the federal government. The $4 trillion deal is expected to include a mix of spending cuts and new taxes – but nothing to create jobs.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress and the White House a deal forged without measures to spur job growth is a bad deal, doomed from the start. Tell leaders do not ignore jobs and the unemployed.
The specter of a double dip recession came roaring back to life with the news from the U.S. Labor Department that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent, with only 18,000 jobs added in June.
In an op-ed published on The Huffington Post, Leo Hindery, Chairman of the Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, explains “Why We Need a Manufacturing Renaissance – Economically and Ethically.”
June 22, 2011 - The Netroots Convention, held in Minneapolis this year, brought together more than 2,000 progressives from every walk of life.
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) joined thousands of labor activists and progressive bloggers at the 2011 Netroots Nation Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) is drawing renewed attention to the economic crisis with the release of a new online video entitled The Game.