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H.R.589 Gained 5 More Cosponsors

March 3, 2011 by


H.R.589, the new legislation introduced on 2/9/2011 by Rep. Barbara Lee(CA-9) called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011would provide 14 more weeks of UI compensation to 99ers as an extension of Tier 1. As of 3/3/11, five more Democrats had joined the ranks of the H.R.589 cosponsers.  The bill now has 72 cosponsors (see complete list here) – but […]

Are Unemployment Rates Really Going Down?

March 2, 2011 by


AOL’s Al Lee explains why the unemployment rate isn’t always accurate in Are Unemployment Rates Really Going Down? The unemployment rate is a complicated calculation, and it gets more complicated during times of economic turmoil. This is because the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which calculates the unemployment rate, makes certain assumptions about the number of working-age […]

Voice of the 99ers: Share News Here

March 2, 2011 by


User submitted news and information on issues of interest to 99ers.

H.R.589 Still Alive and Gaining Support

February 17, 2011 by


According to a statement posted on American 99ers Union on 2/17/11 H.R.589 is still very much alive and gaining support: In the early morning hours, Rep. Barbara Lee did attepmt to attach H.R.589 to the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Budget Resolution. This was disallowed (it should be noted that this method is commonly used and has succeeded […]

How to Help 99ers and Get H.R.589 Passed

February 15, 2011 by


H.R.589, the legislation that Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) introduced that provides additional weeks of unemployment insurance benefits for 99ers, needs to gain additional support  to convince Republican leaders in the House – House Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy –  to bring it to the House floor and allow  it to be voted […]

H.R.589: New Bill to Help 99ers

February 10, 2011 by


The new legislation introduced on 2/9/2011 by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-9) is called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011 to amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes (H.R.589).  This bill would provide 14 more weeks of UI compensation […]

Video: Jackson Jr. on 99ers and Drop in Jobless Rate

February 10, 2011 by


Original video of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. addressing the illusion of unemployment rates on the floor of the House can be found at Jesse Jackson Jr. on Facebook. Transcript of speech: The unemployment rate dropped last month from 9.4% to 9% but only 36,000 jobs were created. Wow, 36,000 jobs, equals 0.4%. How did the […]