Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg

Emergency Unemployment Protest
2 Million More May Loose Benefits in December
Trudy Goldberg, Chair, National Jobs for All Coalition
Bill Henning, Vice President of CWA, Local 1180
Jon Bloom, Executive Director, Workers Defense League,
Noreen Connell, Past Pres., NOW, NY State

The National Jobs for all Coalition held a protest demonstration in NYC
to call for extension of unemployment benefits being held up in Congress
by a Republican filibuster and to raise public awareness of the need for
bold and decisive federal action to create jobs. The action came on the
very day when the newly released monthly statistics reported that the
unemployment rate increased to 9.8% highlighting the need for decisive
action now. Over 5,000,000 workers have already exhausted their 99
weeks of extended benefits and if unemployment benefits are not
extended by Congress beyond the basic 26 week limit over 2,000,000
more will loose their benefits in December. The coalition will be holding
vigils for jobs every first Friday of the month when the unemployment
statistics are released, hoping to build grassroots support for jobs now!
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