Events Slated to Support Unemployment Insurance Extension on December 8 in San Diego, Sacramento

November 30, 2011 - Organized labor is planning events urging Congress to extend the federal Unemployment Insurance Programs that are now set to expire in January.  The issue is especially important to workers in the construction industry, facing unemployment rates of 30 percent or higher in some areas.

"Extending UI benefits for the long-term unemployed should never be a partisan issue," said Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department.  "It would be nothing short of disgraceful for the U.S. Congress to politicize this issue, which is simply an effort to help millions of Americans survive the worst economy since the Great Depression.  Congress needs to act now!"

These events have been scheduled so far, both for Thursday, Dec. 8:

Sacramento: Tell Dan Lungren: Don’t be a Grinch! Support unemployed workers this holiday season!

March on Rep. Lungren’s office!

3:30pm – Meet at the corner of Sunrise and Coloma in Rancho Cardova (2344 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cardova) to march to Lungren’s district office

4:30pm – Action outside Lungren’s district office (2339 Gold Meadow Way, Gold River)

San Diego

Vigil for the unemployed and jobs

5pm – 7pm

1200 3rd Ave at B St., San Diego, CA; 92101

Meet at Civic Center Plaza (3rd Avenue and B Street), then march to the Federal Building.

More events may be organized at other locations. Building Trades councils are encouraged to reach to local labor councils to learn more.  For more information on these and other events to be announced, contact Katie Gjertson, Senior Field Representative, AFL-CIO, at (510) 663-4050.

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