If Congress fails to immediately extend benefits more than two million jobless workers will lose their lifeline in December.
Angry but undaunted, the labor movement called for the “lame duck” Conngress to approve an extension of unemployment benefits before they adjourn for the holidays in December.
Republicans want to extend Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, but they won't commit to extending unemployment compensation for millions of workers at risk of losing their benefits at the height of the holiday season.
The Chicago Unemployed Workers Council, a project of Chicago Jobs with Justice, staged a jobs demonstration last Friday to coincide with the release of unemployed figures for October.
Already facing disproportionately high levels of unemployment due to systemic racial discrimination, the recession removed job opportunities for nearly half of those with diplomas and eligible for work.