The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) released the following statement calling for a one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to expire for 1.3 million Americans tomorrow.
“It is unconscionable that Congress went on holiday break without extending assistance for those out of work through no fault of their own. A few positive employment reports do not change the fact that millions of Americans are still without a job and struggling to make ends meet. 1.3 million Americans will lose their benefits tomorrow and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates nearly 5 million Americans will have their assistance reduced if no extension is passed. Add this to the proposed cuts to food stamps and families in need are being pushed to the brink. We call on Congress to immediately pass a one-year extension of unemployment insurance. It is the least we can do to help jobless Americans get back on their feet.”
UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.