Last December, the lifeline that millions of Americans cling to- unemployment insurance- was held hostage by politicians fighting tooth and nail for the wealthiest 1%. They used millions of struggling families as bargaining chips to get their way.

We can’t afford to let Congress play those same games.

For many job-seekers, unemployment insurance is the difference between homelessness and a place to live and food on the table during the toughest job search of our generation.

Tommorow, Thursday December 8, please join us in taking part in a national day of action along with many of our allies. Together, we will amplify the voices of those trying to find work and call on Congress to reauthorize the unemployment insurance benefit program.

We will hold those representatives accountable who choose to play political games rather than fighting for out of work Virginians and their families.

First things first, please call your Virginia Senators and Majority Leader Cantor now

Take 3 minutes to urge Senator Jim Webb, Senator Mark Warner and Majority Leader Cantor to extend unemployment insurance to families torn apart by the recession.

Their staffers are extremely patient and polite so be sure to emphasize that you’d like the Senator or Representative Cantor to reauthorize the extension of unemployment insurance.

U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Senator Jim Webb (VA-D) Washington D.C. Office: 202-224- 4024
Senator Mark Warner (VA-D) Washington D.C. Office: 202-224-2023
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) Washington D.C. Office: 202-225-2815


Write a Letter to the Editor

One of the most read sections of any local paper is its opinion page. The Virginia AFL-CIO set up a quick and easy way to send in letters to the editor about the desperate need to extend the unemployment insurance lifeline.

Most of us know at least one person in our lives struggling to find work – tell their story and why Congress must fight for them.

Submit a letter and have your voice heard by thousands in your local community.

During this holiday season, please keep in your thoughts and prayers the millions of unemployed workers including too many of our union sisters and brothers.  Thanks for all you do!