Currently, all signs point to an anemic recovery (as the above video capture from Robert Reich explaining what's going with the economy shows). What's the answer? Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! We need to build a movement around job creation to get the economy up and running for working people again. Check out the legislation and other information below and then let's roll up our sleeves and get to work!
Make Jobs, Not War
The fight to create jobs to meet the unemployment crisis and the needs of working class communities is heating up. People's World reporter Tim Wheeler has coverage of the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting “ Ending wars, creating jobs top mayors agenda.” And CPUSA Chair Sam Webb has analysis of the economy in his article, "Gloomy about the economy? The solution is stimulating." Also, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman explains exactly who benefits from continuing the economic crisis in a recent column in New York Times.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus launches a national listening tour, Speakout for Good Jobs Now on June 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The tour will feature stops in more than a dozen cities which will be attended by members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
On May 13, Rep. Bobby Rush introduced a jobs bill for youth with 18 co-sponsors.. HR 1901 Saving America's Youth: The Youth Employment Act of 2011 includes measures to create and encourage the creation of jobs for youth including national public service projects and preference for youth hiring for federal jobs and contracts.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors session which opens on June 17 highlights in preparatory materials one of the first jobs bills to be introduced in this session H.R.402 National Infrastructure Development Bank Act of 2011 by Rep Rosa DeLauro with 47 co-sponsors. The companion bill is the Senate is S.652 Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development by Sen. John Kerry.
UCubed reminds us how unemployed workers are coping with their joblessness. The unemployed have been devastated over the course of the great recession. Their stories should NOT go unnoticed, nor should their plight go without a voice. Here are their stories, these are their struggles.
A New Alliance
The BlueGreen Alliance and Apollo Alliance today announced a merger to strengthen and unify the movement to build a clean energy, good jobs economy to fuel U.S. job creation. The newly unified organization will call on Washington to focus anew on creating good jobs, securing America’s energy future and preserving the environment for future generations.
Beginning July 1, the two organizations will combine to become the BlueGreen Alliance, which will be home to the Apollo Alliance project. United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard and Sierra Club Chair Carl Pope will continue as co-chairs, and David Foster will continue as executive director.
Good News for Connecticut!
In the last flurry of action, the Connecticut House last night approved Senate Bill 361, which bans the use of credit reports in hiring and promotions, in certain situations by certain employers. The bill had previously been approved by the state Senate.
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Labor Chair, CPUSA
Source: a letter from CPUSA