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Senate Inaction Causes 200,000 to Lose Unemployment Benefits This Week

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

UPDATE 3/3: Late last night, the Senate passed 78-19 a 30-day extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA. Two hundred thousand jobless workers will lose their unemployment benefits this week as a result of the Senate’s failure to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA last week, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP).By the end of the … Read More

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Immediate Extension of Unemployment Insurance and COBRA Benefits

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Leadership Conference is urging the Senate to immediately extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and COBRA subsidies through the end of 2010. The current extension expires at the end of February.Neither the jobs bill that passed the House of Representatives last December, nor the pending Senate bill, extend these benefits until the end of the … Read More

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Civil Rights and Progressive Organizations Call for Comprehensive Jobs Bill

Friday, February 19, 2010

A broad cross-section of the civil rights and progressive community, including The Leadership Conference, is calling on Congress to enact a jobs bill that will rescue millions of struggling Americans from job loss and foreclosure.A letter to Congress signed by 25 organizations states that if Congress doesn’t address the jobs crisis and put people back … Read More

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Video: What the Federal Government Must Do to Tackle Unemployment

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Last week, the Jobs for America Now coalition, which includes The Leadership Conference, hosted an informative webinar examining the dire effects of the U.S. jobs crisis and the steps that must be taken to enable Americans to get back to work.In this video excerpt from the webinar, Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute and … Read More

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Congress Must Act Now to Extend Unemployment, COBRA Benefits

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A deadline for Congress to renew an extension of benefits for the unemployed is fast approaching.  The current program – which provides federal funds to states for extended unemployment benefits and a subsidy that pays for 65 percent of workers’ health insurance under COBRA – is scheduled to expire on February 28.With the unemployment rate expected … Read More

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