VideoSpeak Out for Jobs Now! New York, NY
New York's Middle Class
The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day’s work, you could expect good wages, benefi ts, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply in New York—unemployment is up, earnings are down, and hard-won benefi ts are being lost. The future of the middle class, which has been the backbone of New York’s economy for more than half a century, is at risk.Download:
VideoSpeakout for Good Jobs Now!
NewsHuffington Post: Progressives Push For Job Growth On Tour
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Congressional Progressive Caucus launched a tour Saturday to push for job creation, an attempt to combat the House Republican message of "cut and grow."
"We're six months in and nothing," said Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), referring to Republican's record on job growth since taking control of the House. "The heat's on them. And hopefully by putting heat on them, we will create some room in which the president can act more assertively."
Lawmakers will visit at least 12 cities on the "Speak Out For Good Jobs Now" tour, talking to men and women who are unemployed or underemployed about how to get the economy back on track. The tour is sponsored by ProgressiveCongress.org.
The goal is to push back on Republicans, who are demanding major spending cuts this summer in exchange for a vote to raise the debt ceiling, which Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said must be done by Aug. 2 to avoid a U.S. default.
Read the full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/18/progressives-tour-job-growth-netroots_n_879831.html
VideoSpeak Out for Jobs Now! Milwaukee, WI
Good Jobs Now! Rebuild the American Dream
It used to be that we all knew what a good American job was: a fair wage for a hard day's work, health care to take care of our families, and the chance to build a better life for ourselves and our kids. But now, while politicians bicker over how to fix the economy, millions of Americans outside have watched these good jobs slip further away from their grasp. In fact, more Americans are falling out of the middle class than joining it. Its time to start demanding that our leaders in Washington take action.
The American economy has doubled over the past 30 years, and American workers have been more productive than at any point in our history. Yet our hardworking men and women have not seen a dime of the additional wealth they produced. Instead, the richest Wall Street speculators and corporate CEOs have taken the gains from this productivity and used it to buy political influence and rewrite all the rules.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Millions of Americans across the country are uniting, demanding good jobs now! We don't expect our elected officials to do everything right, but we do expect them to do right by us. Good middle-class jobs are the backbone of this country and our leaders need to show the backbone to defend it. It’s time older workers stopped living with insecurity about their paychecks. It’s time younger Americans could look forward to their first job. It’s time America work for those who work for a living.