Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Marching and Touring for Good Jobs

This week we're going to highlight some of the fight-back that workers - employed or not, union or not - are engaged in to get the economy back on track in our country. Please join in however you can!

Marching for Good Jobs
As the nation's top CEOs held a June 14 summit behind closed doors at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago 5,000 angry demonstrators outside chanted, "You got bailed out, we got sold out!" The People's World's John Wojcik reports.

Touring for Good Jobs
The Speakout for Good Jobs Now tour features stops in numerous cities across America giving Americans the chance to speak out about how the economy is affecting them.  Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will listen to what everyday Americans have to say and take that back to Washington with them as they continue to fight to reinvigorate the American Dream - the ability to put in a day’s hard work for good wages and benefits so we can provide our children with a better future.

The tour started Saturday in Minneapolis, and will be in Detroit next week. Upcoming cities listed for the tour are: Milwaukee, New York City, Miami, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Portland, Seattle and Oakland. Check this page to see when the tour is coming to your area.

Mayors for Good Jobs
Jim Baldridge of the People's World has an article on the U.S. Conference of Mayors approving a resolution June 20 calling for a quick end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and transfer of the $129 billion spent on those wars each year to job-creating domestic programs in the nation's cities. Conversely, the Daily Kos writes on a report issued Friday from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Among other things it says state budget shortfalls are going to continue and those shortfalls will cost 650,000 public and private sector jobs that would have been created next year.

Taking Action for Good Jobs
President Obama's Job and Competitiveness Council met and has a few good ideas, but so far the Council is not talking about the necessary step of extending unemployment benefits, The Campaign for American Progress writes. Please contact President Obama with the message, "Extend Unemployment Benefits" to help jobless workers keep from slipping further into poverty and hopelessness.

Please make sure to visit the People's World online for the best in worker's news!             

In solidarity,            

Scott Marshall
Labor Chair, CPUSA

Source: Letter from CPUSA

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