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The National Jobs for All Network is dedicated to the propositions that meaningful employment is a precondition for a fulfilling life and that every person capable of working should have the right to a job. Trudy Goldberg interviewed by Democracy at Work's Economic Update: "Using Unemployment Against Workers." NJFAC Newsletter 11/15. The National Jobs for All Coalition is poised to turn a corner.

With new leadership, exciting new projects, and a stunning new website we are in a better position than ever to pursue our version of the American Dream: a living-wage job for all. For too many Americans, unemployment has turned that American Dream into a nightmare.

read more › In Washington it is much easier to blame unemployed workers for their supposed lack of skills than to blame the bankers whose avarice fueled the housing bubble that eventually brought down the financial system and the economy with it. Creating training programs is also easier and cheaper than creating jobs. Most Americans believe that there is a law that protects them from being fired for 'no cause'. But they're wrong. When entering the workplace, citizens are transformed into employees who leave their rights at the door.

read more › Reserve Army of the Hungry: Is a Job at Starvation Level Wages a Job? In the industrialised countries in the post-war era, providing workers with the resources to allow for "food security" was not considered that big a deal. Hunger was an issue for the jobless. We now have people who are employed, yet need to lean on assistance - either from charities, or governments - to get adequate nutrition. Real gross fixed capital formation (as a percentage of GDP) and the real interest rate: The U.S. economy (1980-2018) Source: Author's construction based data from the AMECO database.

read more › President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and Harry Hopkins, the gifted social worker who administered government relief programs during the Great Depression of the 1930s, preferred to provide work rather than welfare to able-bodied, unemployed persons. 24. Thus, in proposing a massive government employment program in 1935, Roosevelt sought to “preserve not only the bodies of the unemployed from destitution but also their self-respect, their self-reliance and courage and determination” Roosevelt, 1935, para.

read more › This republic had its beginning and grew to its present strength under the protection of certain inalienable political rights. They were our rights to life and liberty. As our nation has grown in size and stature, however-as our industrial economy expanded-these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness. We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

read more › In an influential report written during World War II, Full Employment in a Free Society, the British economist Sir William Beveridge defined full employment as "having always more vacant jobs than unemployed men [sic], not slightly fewer jobs." These jobs, Beveridge stressed, should pay fair wages and be located where the unemployed could be expected to take them. Beveridge allowed for the existence of some unemployment, but only of a very temporary nature, since those who lose jobs must be able to find "new jobs within their capacity, without delay."

read more › 7. A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers-Negro and white-on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of employment which are presently excluded. A federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination by federal, state, and municipal governments, and by employers, contractors, employment agencies, and trade unions. In our society it is murder, psychologically, to deprive a man [sic] of a job or an income.

read more › The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Then, about 20 per cent is due to the income level of your parents. So, your citizenship plus your parental background explain around 70-80 per cent of your income. Obviously, if I had data for gender, race, ethnicity and other things that are similarly 'given' to an individual at birth, that percentage would go up. Five Powerful Families: We've reached the point where a handful of extraordinarily wealthy clans essentially have the power to suffocate our democracy.

read more › Short articles for a general audience, written by economists, sociologists, historians and others active in social change movements. They seek to debunk the myths and assumptions that politicians and their economic advisers use to keep us from adopting policies that would increase employment and wages. These can be used as handouts at conferences, for classes, as articles in local newsletters, as the basis for "Letters to the Editor, " radio and TV interviews or talks with your elected representatives, and as inserts in newsletters.

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