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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to speak

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich, who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and now teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, will speak at Drake University.

Reich, one of the nation's leading experts on work and the economy, will present "The Next Economy and America's Future." The speech, which will include a question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public.

New Hampshire Public Radio: An Unemployment Carol

Christmas songs and an interpretation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ could be heard at the statehouse today in Concord.

NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reports the holiday cheer was laced with a political message.

“Deck the halls with fairer taxes, fa la la la la la la la la. Put away the budget axes, fa la la la la la la la la.”

Union members, social justice groups and unemployed workers held a more creative kind of political rally in Concord. The author of the skit, AFSC's Arnie Alpert, weighs in.

PMR Highlights from 2010

Click to download a list of all the exciting accomplishments we've had in the Pacific Mountain Region in 2010.

Generation Justice blog: LeftTurn piece on CORI

This summer, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a landmark law reforming the state’s criminal background check system. Aimed at improving acc ess to jobs, housing and other vital services for residents with arrest records, overhauling the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) has been a target for Massachusetts community activists for over a decade.

Charleston Gazette:Thousands of West Virginians face benefits cutoff

CHARLESTON, W. VA -

Nearly 11,000 West Virginia workers will lose their unemployment benefits before Christmas unless Congress passes legislation to extend them.

Nationally, more than 2 million Americans could lose unemployment benefits, which began to run out on Wednesday, this month.

Charleston WV Gazette Op-Ed: Helping unemployed helps everyone

When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.

West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Why and How Environment and Labor Should Work Together

Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 1:00pm

Jobs, jobs, Jobs
Living Wage Jobs for All Coalition
14th and 16th
Congressional Districts presents:

Why and How Environmental and Labor Organizations Should Work Together on Political Issues

John Laesch, union carpenter & former candidate for Congress, and
Sigi Psimenos, director of Elgin Climate Change Organization

Plus :
Organizing the Unemployed
Susan Hurley of Jobs with Justice

Join the discussion. Be part of the solution.
Let’s attract and keep living- wage jobs in our districts.

Charleston (WV) Gazette op-ed: Rick Wilson: W.Va. made smart changes on unemployment

The AFSC"s Rick Wilson writes:

We're used to hearing bad economic statistics about West Virginia and bad comparisons to other states, but when it comes to unemployment insurance, we're actually ahead of the pack.

By Sept. 2010, 32 states had to borrow money from the federal government to the tune of almost $40 billion when their unemployment insurance systems went bust. West Virginia is one of the few, and the only one among surrounding states, to avoid that fate so far.

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