Working People Get on the Bus to Fix Jobs Deficit
JwJ Activists join the March on Washington for Full and Fair Employment
WASHINGTON - On October 2, 2010, Jobs with Justice coalitions will mobilize the voices of workers, community members, the unemployed, and others impacted by the crisis to Washington, DC demanding to be put back to work. 15 million Americans are out of work, and without a major federal investment in creating jobs, (official) jobless rates will be 8-13% into the next decade-creating a deficit of jobs.
"There is no such thing as a jobless recovery." said Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice Executive Director. "Joblessness is the central issue for voters in this election. If Congress won't act to create jobs, then maybe they don't deserve to have jobs.
For a list of cities planning local actions, visit www.jwj.org/jobs.
JwJ activists have been waging a fight for full and fair employment - including passage of legislation like Local Jobs for America Act which would save or create 1 million jobs, extension of the emergency Temporary Assistance to Needy Families subsidized jobs program, and an extension of emergency unemployment compensation. They are also fighting for the passage of a Financial Speculation Tax that would rein in the more destabilizing aspects of Wall Street and generate $200-$500 billion annually for jobs and public services.
"If Congress focuses on reducing the federal budget deficit rather than fixing the jobs deficit, millions of workers and communities will suffer," said Gupta.
Consider Mary Likins of Western Massachusetts: "I was laid off from a company in Northampton July 1st 2009." Having still not found employment, she said, "It is hard as a single parent of two, one still at home."
The jobs deficit means State and local revenues are drying up and local tax bases are eroding, threatening vital public services, not to mention putting another 500,000-700,000 people out of work across the country. The October 2nd demonstrations come less than a week before a planned nationwide student protest on October 7th over dwindling state budgets that represent a decrease in funding for higher education.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported that the bailed out Wall Street banks are making ‘bumper earnings" while non-financial US corporations are sitting on more than $8 Trillion in cash reserves. A mere 20% of those holdings could pay 5 million Americans $70,000/year for five years.
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Jobs with Justice is a national network of 47 local coalitions that bring together more than 1,500 labor unions, faith groups, community organizations and student activists to fight for working people.