NH AFLCIO - Emergency Call-In Day on Unemployment

Dear Working Families e-Activist,

Across America, jobs just aren’t there. It can take a year, 18 months, or even longer for many job- seekers to find work.

Congress is back, but is only in town for a few days. And incredibly, it looks like lawmakers are about to leave for Thanksgiving without extending emergency unemployment benefits—which will expire Nov. 30.

With five job-hunters for every one opening, the long-term unemployed are in the job search of their lives. They need this critical lifeline to pay rent and keep food on the table. So today, we’re joining together with a broad coalition of unions and other pro-worker organizations to flood Congress with phone calls.

Please call both your senators toll free at 877-662-2889. Tell them something like this:

“Across America, unemployment is at record levels. Emergency benefits for workers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks are scheduled to expire November 30th. I urge you to renew them immediately!”

Then log your calls here.

Since the unemployment insurance program was created in response to the Great Depression, Congress never has cut federally funded jobless benefits when unemployment was this high for this long.

If Congress doesn’t renew benefits soon, 800,000 job-seekers will immediately lose their benefits—and by the end of December, 2 million long-term job-seekers will be left out in the cold. With Congress only in town for a few days, we’ve got to act fast! Please add your voice to our huge call- in day by picking up your phone right now.

Call your senators at 877-662-2889. Tell them:


“Across America, unemployment is at record levels. Emergency benefits for workers who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks are scheduled to expire November 30th. I urge you to renew them immediately!”

Then let us know you called.

As the holidays approach, we’ve got to make sure Congress doesn’t turn its back on unemployed workers and their families again— not even for even a day.

Thanks for standing in solidarity with folks who are struggling to find work in this tough economy.