It has been six days since Congress let unemployment insurance expire for over 1,019,500 Americans and 44,000 Wisconsin residents. Every second, someone loses his or her emergency unemployment benefits.
In the videos above and below two Wisconsin residents share their personal unemployment stories and call on Congress to take action.
Dora Herrera-Mier has a Master's in Business Administration and eight years of experience. Due to budget freezes and department relocation she has been looking for work for two years. Unemployment insurance provides a vital lifeline for Dora, her two children, and millions of Americans out of work due to the recession.
Desmond Taylor was laid off after 20 years at Milsco Manufacturing. In his video, Taylor asks Congress to extend unemployment insurance so he can support his family and put his children through college.
Never before has Congress let unemployment insurance expire when so many Americans are out of work. With the unemployment rate at 9.8%, now is not the time to cut benefits.
This is a matter of survial for millions of families, and playing political games is unacceptable. Working people, and those who would like to be working, are speaking out.
Tomorrow, December 7th, is the online day of solidarity for unemployed workers. Please take a moment to call your Congressional Representative and urge them to extend unemployment insurance.
Tell Congress to extend emergency unemployment benefits by calling 877-662-2889.