Deadline Looms:Will Congress Be a Grinch or Santa for Millions of Nation’s Unemployed?

NALC Legislation and Political Action

Before Congress adjourns for the holidays, it still needs to address one of the most pressing issues affecting millions of Americans: the extension of federal unemployment benefits. If Congress does not pass an extension, the emergency benefits will expire on December 31.

At a time when 14 million workers are unemployed and nearly 6 million are now categorized as long-term jobless (unemployed for more than 27 weeks), Congress’ further inaction will force millions of Americans to ring in the new year with a loss of necessary benefits.

Unemployed Americans are granted close to two years’ worth of unemployment benefits, but if Congress doesn’t act, more than 2 million people will lose their unemployment benefits, with an additional 4 million tragically joining them over the course of 2012. This could not come at a worse time. At a time when the unemployed are desperately seeking work, this is not the time to cut off their life line.

Click here to sign a petition created by the AFL-CIO that demands Congress to act now to extend the emergency unemployment benefits.

( Picture source: Kids Online World Blog)


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