UCubed Calls on Congress to Examine Hire Us America Plan

Jun 09, 2010, 15:32 ET from Ur Union of Unemployed

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In testimony submitted to the House Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Union of Unemployed today urged representatives to examine a jobs program that was created by the unemployed themselves.

"UCubed leaders and jobs activists participated in an online survey where they submitted, vetted and revised various policy suggestions for helping to address the long-term unemployment issue," said UCubed Acting Executive Director Rick Sloan.  "Their insights deserve our respect and their ideas deserve our attention."

Their plan is called Hire US, America and it's based on the fundamental principal that the only real solution to addressing the long-term unemployment issue is for the government to do what the private sector cannot: put millions of Americans back to work immediately.

The policies drawing the highest levels of support among the unemployed activists included: discouraging the outsourcing of American jobs (93.5%); enacting a financial transactions tax (88.6%); extending unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term (87.4%); preventing employers from using a job applicant's credit rating (86.9%) and creating a Works Progress Administration-style jobs program (85.7%).

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Ur Union of Unemployed, or UCubed, is a community service project of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) designed to assist the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans, and to provide them with a structure that allows them to take advantage of their growing numbers. For more information, visit Ur Union of Unemployed.

SOURCE Ur Union of Unemployed