The next First Friday Action day will be August 7th. On the first Friday of each month the Labor Department releases the previous month’s unemployment numbers, and the issue of unemployment and joblessness gets attention from the news media. The National Jobs for All Coalition is urging groups and unemployed workers to hold news conferences, vigils and pickets at unemployment offices, and to take other creative action to demand jobs and an effective safety net. In September the First Friday will the 3rd, Labor Day weekend. We are asking people to carry “Jobs for All” signs at Labor Day events and marches. Local organizers are encouraged to choose the day to do your action but please do some action this summer.
There are a total of 28.5 million people (17.7% of the labor force) who are unemployed or underemployed. (Officially unemployed: 13.7 million (8.9%). Millions of unemployed Americans are running out of their unemployment benefits bringing more trauma to their lives.
The National Jobs For All Coalition needs your feedback. We are debating our long-term strategy. One proposal calls for an emergency jobs package/bill that will create 2 to 3 million jobs aimed at the areas of unemployment concentration. Another supports a more comprehensive jobs program that would result in a larger number being created.
We are doing a review and update of the Drive for Decent Work as new bills are being introduced into the new Congress. THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK is the blueprint of the National Jobs For All Coalition’s campaign for jobs. The campaign supports several pieces of legislation in the U.S. Congress. These bills will make a wide range of improvements to our society and also create millions of needed jobs. For the complete list, check out THE DRIVE FOR DECENT WORK at www.njfac.org
We are also planning a conference in the fall. If you have any suggestions or ideas on how to build the movement for jobs, please let us know. Thanks.
In Solidarity. Logan Martinez
Outreach Coordinator / National Jobs For All Coalition
937-275-7259 / email@example.com