As part of the national campaign asking members of Congress to extend unemployment benefits, many efforts are underway, spearheaded byvarious organizations. It is very important for all unemployed – including, but not limited to the 99ers who have already exhausted all of their benefits.
To that end, the Colorado AFL-CIO has announced that on Tuesday, November 16, there is a ‘National Call-In Day to Extend Unemployment Benefits” event in which you are invited – encouraged – to call Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and urge them to push forward legislation to extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Given the name of this event (National Call-In Day to Extend Unemployment Benefits), I will make the suggestion that this is not exclusive to Colorado workers or AFL-CIO union members.
The notification received about this event, which I have included in its entirety below, states that individuals should call in and “Let them know your name, your union, where you are calling from, and urge them to vote to extend unemployment benefits.” Please note, that if you are NOT a member of the AFL-CIO or a constituent union.
Working America is the NON-UNION or COMMUNITY AFFILIATE of the AFL-CIO: please identify yourself as a member of Working America.
Below is the entire text of the notice announcing this event:
As we approach the holiday season, we are mindful of all of our brothers and sisters out of work, and particularly those that have been enduring long periods of unemployment. For long weeks and months, so many workers have been searching for jobs that aren’t there.
Last month, 14.8 million people were unemployed. Shockingly, 41.8 percent of them were jobless 27 weeks or longer.
Emergency unemployment insurance is a critical lifeline for the workers and their families hit hardest by this economy. But some lawmakers–many of the same ones that want to pass tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year–want to cut off emergency unemployment benefits. We need to speak up and make sure our Colorado elected officials get the message.
Tuesday, November 16, be part of the National Call-In Day to Extend Unemployment Benefits. Call (877) 662-2889 to speak with Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall. Let them know your name, your union, where you are calling from, and urge them to vote to extend unemployment benefits.
And today, send the message to Congress, by signing this petition.
Sign the petition: Tell Congress to extend emergency unemployment insurance now.
Let’s flood the phone lines on Tuesday and make sure the message comes through loud and clear.
I have written much about the efforts of Working America and the AFL-CIO and will repeat here: it is free to join Working America; this organziation is a union for those in the community who are not formally a member of the AFL-CIO & other labor unions. Please join and please participate on Tuesday – and then signup to become a member of Working America.
I would also like to point out that I became aware of this event because I subscribe to the Working America blog, ‘Mainstreet’, the Colorado AFL-CIO newsletter/blog, as well as the AFL-CIO ‘e-Activist Network’ and AFL-CIO blog.
For those who wish to remain active – and participate in efforts to create jobs, stop outsourcing, extending UI benefits, and more, it is suggested and recommended that you also subscribe to these publications. You may be surprised to learn how many ‘issues’ you have in common with these groups who are fighting for middle class job restoration and safety net legislative measures.