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Union aims to organize the unemployed

Posted by on Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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America’s jobless are unionizing, or at least furthering an agenda of one of the nation’s biggest unions.

An organization aimed at giving the unemployed more influence has announced it now has more than 100,000 jobless activists in their ranks.

The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) Activists is an Internet-centric “community service project” of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) — one of the country’s largest industrial trade unions.

“Our objective is to pull together unemployed Americans in a way that allows them to connect, communicate and press their political leaders for policies that will get them back to work,” Rick Sloan, UCubed’s executive director and IAM communications director, told The Daily Caller.

According to the group’s website, jobless “Jobs Activists” assert their influence through coordinated communication with public officials.

“Jobs Activists, organized by their zip codes, advocate for sound public policy, emailing public officials to alert them about policies that directly impact the jobless,” the website explains.

Among those policies the group advocates is a second Works Progress Administration or WPA 2.0.

“We’d like to see [policymakers] recreate the Works Progress Administration, WPA 2.0. Which in the 1930s put between 6.5 and 8 million people back to work,” Sloan said.

The WPA was a New Deal program instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 to put Americans to work on public infrastructure projects during the Great Depression.

The group is currently pushing passage of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s recent “21st Century WPA Act” to reinstate the New Deal employment program, and Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s attempt to rejuvenate another New Deal program with her “21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act.”

Lautenberg’s bill would cost $250 billion through 2013; Kaptur’s would cost $16 billion annually through 2015. Both bills are pending in committee.

UCubed is also interested in supporting extensions of long-term unemployment benefits.

“Those 100,000 online activists regularly share posts with their 26.6 million Facebook friends, giving the unemployed a power that far exceeds their numbers,” Sloan added in a statement. “UCubed connected with jobless Americans by asking a simple question: Where’s a job for me, Mr. President? And by advocating for a new Works Progress Administration — a WPA 2.0 — to put Americans back to work ASAP.”


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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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While the employed are dropping out like flies when given the option.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I still drive on bridges built by WPA.

candlegal
by Judy on Jun. 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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I guess they think that those of us that are working should foot the bill again for those that are not working.  I wonder where they think this money is going to come from.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 9:49 AM
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Quoting candlegal:

I guess they think that those of us that are working should foot the bill again for those that are not working.  I wonder where they think this money is going to come from.


Do you think the WPA was valuable?

I mean, if we had plenty of tax revenue to fund something like that again do you think there would be any benefits? 

I don't mind my tax dollars being spent on things like fixing roads and bridges, maintaining our national parks & monuments...stuff like that.

candlegal
by Judy on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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We already have way too many people on the goverrnment payroll, don't need any more.  Private jobs are what need to be created.  The problem with spending tax revenue, we aren't, we are spending borrowed money.

Quoting UpSheRises:


Quoting candlegal:

I guess they think that those of us that are working should foot the bill again for those that are not working.  I wonder where they think this money is going to come from.


Do you think the WPA was valuable?

I mean, if we had plenty of tax revenue to fund something like that again do you think there would be any benefits? 

I don't mind my tax dollars being spent on things like fixing roads and bridges, maintaining our national parks & monuments...stuff like that.


OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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 It's great in theory, but the US can't afford it right now.

candlegal
by Judy on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM
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It is just another way to get more people into unions which in the long run would cost double what it would probably cost to do this work.

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 It's great in theory, but the US can't afford it right now.


kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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 I hate the unions. I had a few friends lose their job because the union took over and forced everyone to join or quit, and since that union had extremely shady practices, my friends refused to join the union.  Strikers routinely harrass people who actually want to work for a living and aren't concerned with the union's agenda.  Unions currently do way more harm than good and need to go bye-bye.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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 Oh, no doubt!  That is certainly a good point!

Quoting candlegal:

It is just another way to get more people into unions which in the long run would cost double what it would probably cost to do this work.

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 It's great in theory, but the US can't afford it right now.


 

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

 Agreed....

Quoting kailu1835:

 I hate the unions. I had a few friends lose their job because the union took over and forced everyone to join or quit, and since that union had extremely shady practices, my friends refused to join the union.  Strikers routinely harrass people who actually want to work for a living and aren't concerned with the union's agenda.  Unions currently do way more harm than good and need to go bye-bye.

 

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