Jobs

America needs jobs. Good jobs.

Jobs with good pay and benefits, so that families can educate our children, love and retire with security and pursue our dreams.

We built a strong America by building a strong middle class. But today the rich are richer than ever, while middle-class workers are being crushed. CEO campaign contributors buy tax breaks from politicians to ship our jobs overseas, while their corporations cut our wages and benefits at home.

We demand that Congress and the President take robust action to create jobs. 25 million Americans want full-time jobs and can’t find them.

We demand that companies end hiring discrimination against the unemployed. It is outrageous that in this era of high unemployment or under-employment, some companies won’t hire you if you are currently out of work.

We demand an extension of unemployment insurance. If UI benefits expire at the end of the year, not only will the unemployed be hurt; the jobless rate actually will rise in the U.S. because money flowing immediately into the economy will be cut off.

America needs jobs. Good jobs.

Recent Action for Jobs! 

Change.org, ColorOfChange.org, CREDO Mobile and USAction collected over 250,000 petition signatures demanding an end to discrimination against jobless workers. The petitions were targeted at the leading online employment sites. The National Employment Law Project and UnemployedWorkers.org helped to drive awareness of this issue and connect the voice of the grassroots with progressive champions on the Hill: Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Hank Johnson and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, original co-sponsors of legislation that would ban this type of discrimination, The Fair Employment Opportunity Act.

Check out the video below of William McNary, President of USAction and Co-Director of Affiliate Citizen Action/Illinois, speaking at the delivery event on Capitol Hill on 9 21 2011:

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The American Jobs Act

USAction supports President Obama’s American Jobs Act:

The President proposed serious investments in infrastructure, measures to hire unemployed workers – including the long-term unemployed and returning veterans — and extending unemployment benefits. He even proposed modernizing 35,000 schools – that’s one out of every three public schools in America. And his plan includes a ban on hiring discrimination against the unemployed after nearly a quarter million Americans, including 70,000 USAction members, joined an online campaign demanding an end to this egregious practice.

“Now Congress has a choice,” said Alan Charney, USAction director of strategy and policy. “Members can either support the American Jobs Act that creates jobs and helps restore prosperity, or they can sit on their hands and do nothing.”

Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act

USAction supports Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act:

“We built the middle class by decisions we made together, as Americans,” said Alan Charney, USAction director of strategy and policy. “But today, working and middle-class families are struggling, while the rich get richer and at the expense of the rest of us. It’s up to us to fight for good jobs, strong communities and shared prosperity. Congresswoman Schakowsky’s bill will put America back to work.”

Rep. Schakowsky’s bill would create 2.2 million jobs:

“If we want to create jobs, then create jobs. I’m not talking about “incentivizing” companies in the hopes they’ll hire someone, or cutting taxes for the so-called job creators who have done nothing of the sort. My plan creates actual new jobs.” – Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Increasing Revenue to Put America Back to Work

-  Invest in America to grow the economy. Putting America back to work good jobs and putting a paycheck in the hands of working families is the best way to grow our economy and reduce the deficit.
-  End the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
-  Pass The Fairness in Taxation Act to create tax brackets so America’s millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
-  Pass a Financial Transactions Tax to make Wall Street pay their fair share.

Extending Federal Unemployment Insurance Benefits

-  CBPP: “unemployment insurance benefits — which expanded substantially [in 2009] in response to the increased need — kept 3.3 million people out of poverty in 2009”: http://j.mp/rj5AgM
-  NELP: Fact Sheet: Overview of Unemployment Insurance Federal Extensions: Federal Relief for Newly-Laid Off Workers to Expire Without Congressional Re-authorization: http://j.mp/oe8sGJ

Take Action for Jobs! 

Jobs and the Economy

Stand in solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet and tell the world We need an economy that works for the 99%, not the 1%!

Stand with USAction and Sen. Merkley and tell the Supercommittee: Don’t Ignore JOBS!

Tell Congress: Pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act and KEEP GOING!

Tell Monster.com, CareerBuilder and all major employment websites: Refuse ads that discriminate against the unemployed.

Share your story from the front lines of the Great Recession. Together we can change the conversation to JOBS, not cuts.