BY Masao Suzuki | San José, CA | 6/03/12
On June 1, the Department of Labor released its monthly report on unemployment and employment for May, 2012.
BY Masao Suzuki | San José, CA | 5/13/12
In the first five months of this year, more than 400,000 jobless workers have been cut from collecting unemployment insurance benefits under the Federal Extended Benefits (EB) program.
BY Masao Suzuki | San Jose, CA | 2/12/12
On Feb. 29, federal Extended Unemployment Insurance benefits will end unless Congress agrees to continue the program.
BY Masao Suzuki | San Jose, CA | 12/23/11
On Dec. 22, the leadership of the Republicans in the House of Representatives said that they would sign on to a bipartisan compromise to renew federal Unemployment Insurance benefits.
BY Masao Suzuki | San José, CA | 12/14/11
On Dec. 9, Republican Congressman Dave Camp of Michigan introduced a bill, H.R. 3630, that would cut federal extended unemployment insurance benefits from a maximum of 73 weeks to only 33 weeks.
BY Masao Suzuki | San José, CA | 12/04/11
On Friday, Dec. 2, the U.S. Department of Labor said that the official unemployment rate fell to 8.6% in November, from 9.0% in October. Despite being the lowest unemployment rate since March of 2009, the fall in the unemployment rate was mainly due to the more than 400,000 jobless workers who gave up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.
BY Kim DeFranco | St. Paul, Minnesota | 11/29/11
Chanting "Money for human needs, not for stadiums," members of the Welfare
Rights Committee, the Minnesota Coalition for a Peoples' Bailout and supporters from
OccupyMN gathered outside Senate Taxes and Local Government and Elections committee
hearing, Nov. 29, at the State Capitol building. The committee was holding an informational
hearing on proposals to build a new stadium complex for the Minnesota Vikings football team
owner - a New Jersey real estate developer named Zygi Wilf.
BY Masao Suzuki | San José, CA | 11/29/11
This is the second article of a four-article series. This article describes the working class, who make up most of the 99%. The next article will be about the rest of the 99% who aren’t part of the working class. The last article will talk about how the history of racism and national oppression is important to understanding what is behind the 1%-99% divide and how the 1% enriches itself while maintaining its privilege and power.
BY Fight Back! Editors | United States | 11/27/11
On Dec. 31, funding for extended federal Unemployment Insurance will expire. If funding is not renewed, almost 2 million jobless workers will be cut off from their benefits in January and almost 4 million more will lose their benefits by the end of May, 2012 - all at a time where the official unemployment rate is still 9%.
BY Mick Kelly | Minneapolis, MN | 11/18/11
About 800 people blocked a major bridge here, Nov. 17 in a march demanding jobs. Police declared the protest to be an unlawful assembly and arrested 11 people who sat down in an act of civil disobedience.