Attempts to reach a compromise on extending unemployment insurance (UI) failed as Republicans voted against the 1.7 million Americans still looking for work who were cut off when their benefits expire in December.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) was among those voting against extending unemployment insurance, turning his back on the thousands of workers laid off from Dominick’s.
The bill compromised on several areas considering it reduced the extension from one-year to three months and it was fully paid for using an offset that Republicans support.
“The bill fell short by one Republican vote. Just one vote prevented 1.7 million Americans from receiving a desperately needed lifeline,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
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.