The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits
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The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits

    1. Petition by

      Issa Decker

      Elk Grove, CA

Senators and Representatives:

You should be ashamed of yourself, and here's why:

You have decided to ignore the people you reduced to poverty.  The longest unemployed workers did not create this depression, you did.  You did this with your failure to regulate the banks, health industry, and corporations. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the price for your negligence.  They trusted you to keep something like this from happening. You failed them.

Now you are deliberately failing them again.  This may be a recession for you, but it's a depression for them. You knew this depression would last longer than until March, yet you have no plans to add additional unemployment tiers to keep these people from becoming increasingly destitute.  Tens of thousands  began to lose all financial support on March 14,2010. You know with full clarity that these benefits are the only money keeping food on their tables. You know that their benefits run out in March, and that these American families will be on the path to shelters and soup kitchens.

...and this is not of their making. They're not to blame. You are.

...and you're about to discount them again by allowing their benefits to end with Tier IV.

By the way, don't pride yourself on extending the current benefits for the more recently unemployed, as included in the Job Bill. Of course you should have done this, but as you know, the bill as it was written does not help any of those who have been the longest and hardest hit by this depression.  The Job Bill only half addresses the unemployed, and 50% is an F.

Please make sure that the only choice for Americans who want to work is either a job or unemployment benefits.  Don't end benefits until there are jobs for them. As of now, there is only 1 job for every 6 unemployed workers. Take care of these victims.

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    News

    1. News for the 99ers. We're included in the Restore the American Dream Act.

      Issa Decker
      Petition Organizer

      Finally, we're on again!
      These are exciting posts for us:

      1. Samantha GomesNew York State Department of Labor
      The Congressional Progressive Caucus introduced the ‘Restore the American Dream Act’ this morning, and it clearly includes the 99ers. The bill says it increases UI from 99 weeks to 114 weeks. we MUST fight for it. CALL CONGRESS 1-888-245-3381. Fight for HR3346 and HR589.
      http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=80&parentid=5&sectiontree=5%2C80&itemid=497

      2.They have set up a seperate number in DC to call and fight for an unemployment extension. Call 1-888-245-3381 ; when prompted, enter your zip code, and it will let you choose which of your House or Senate members you want to be transferred to.

      3. @99ersUnited was tweeted by @RepLloydDoggett. He responded to me regarding the push for the UI extension in DC this week. He said " We are fighting for all unemployed and bills pending". PLEASE KEEP CALLING 1-888-245-0215 or 1-888-340-6522

      Issa

    2. The 99ers Petition Goes to Washington

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      Tonight we got word from Issa Decker, the creator of one of the most popular petitions on Change.org, that the petition was delivered to Washington, D.C. last week. The petition, called "The 99ers Need a Tier V Added to Unemployment Benenefits," has...

    3. Unending Unemployment Is Agony, Research and Common Sense Show

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      Last week, we read the stories of "the 99ers," people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and still can't find a job. This week, new research shows those stories aren't just anecdotal: those who lost their jobs due to the Great Recession...

    4. Meet the 99ers: "The American Dream Is a Living Nightmare"

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      This is the fourth of a five-part series focused on "the 99ers," people who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and still can't find work. Read the whole series here, here, here and here.
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    5. Meet the 99ers: "We Played By the Rules, and Now We've Lost Everything"

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      This is the fifth and final post in our series focused on "the 99ers," people who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and still can't find work. Read the whole series here, here, here and here.
      If it weren't for his son, says...

    6. 99ers: Share Your Stories

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

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    7. Meet the 99ers: "I'm Scared"

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      This is the third of a five-part series focused on "the 99ers," people who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and still can't find work. Read the whole series here, here, here and here.
      Susan Madrak's 99 weeks are up.
      "I'm done....

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      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      This is the second of a five-part series focused on "the 99ers," people who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and still can't find work. Read the whole series here, here, here and here.
      Just a few months back, Yvonne Shine was...

    9. Meet the 99ers: "Even McDonald's Won't Hire Me"

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      This is the first of a five-part series focused on "the 99ers," people who've exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and still can't find work. Read the whole series here, here, here and here.
      When I first heard that unemployment benefits...

    10. The Battle Over Unemployment, Dissected

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      Democrats had the chance to approve a fully paid-for unemployment bill but decided to take a Congressional recess instead, leaving jobless Americans in a lurch. Republicans refused to put people before politics, choosing to delay the passage of a...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Michelle Wilson AURORA, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      So many people have done nothing wrong. They are people who lost jobs because of the economy and are seeking work. They will not be able to do that with no money. More people will become homeless, even though they did everything they should have done to become successful, middle-class citizens. Then they were just kicked aside for economic reasons, like garbage down a garbage disposal. Many, many additional people will lose their homes to foreclosure while they are trying to find employment or retrain to procure new skills in order to save their homes and families. Meanwhile, mega-rich companies get bail outs and tax breaks, the rich get extra tax breaks, and the middle class get thrown to the wolves. It's sick and disgusting.

      Does someone actually think that making more people have to walk away from their homes will help the economy?

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    • David Mays MANTUA, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am also writing to urge you to do everything that is possible and in your power to extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

      I have been unemployed for quite some time and have been looking for and continue to look for employment. I realize the unemployment rate has dropped several points in Ohio, but it is still not low enough. I am in real fear of losing my EUC in December and based on the wonderful work you have done decided to write to you concerning this important matter. I am sure I speak for many many people in the same position I am in.

      Thank you in advance for your time and help.

      Sincerely,

      David Mays

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      • almost 2 years ago

      Because the government has failed to stabilize the economy and there are no real jobs for many suffering workers and families. Emergency Unemployment benefits need to be extended. Invest $1 in UI benefits and get back $1.5 or more. Take that money away and you get nothing after Dec 29.

      Even worse...the EUC08 program was implemented improperly by the Department of Labor Chief of Special Benefits Robert Wagner. I took the state of California EDD and CUIAB to task on appeal (and the federal mistakes), and had the harmful "Multiple EUC Claims/always exhaust the older EUC claim first" ERROR refuted on 10/20/11 in CUIAB Case A0-265448.

      Instead of setting my case as a precedent to help other victims nationwide, who suffer the same errors that denied me benefits before this appeal, the government ignored investigation and oversight requests. They were caught committing fraud to cover up the mistake (thanks to FOIA).

      Details and Petition here:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/department-of-labor-errors-are-robbing-the-unemployed-out-of-recovery-aid

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    • Liz Cote SPRINGFIELD, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Trying to work! But as I am a senior have not had any responses from all the jobs which I have applied. I have worked for over 45 years and now will be without any income. I am only asking that you consider those of us who are still waiting for a jobs to come through. Can you help us as you did the big banks and other corporations?

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    • NHON PHU PHAM CORONA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      yes, we all agree that we worked more than 15years paid tax and we just ask for fund to help with down economic and bring back job to america, so we dont have this issues... alot peoples worked and did not pay tax and can still collect all different benefits . this is not right,. please review. thank you

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