Union for the Unemployed

This is a really good idea and I hope people sign on: (h/t Matt & John)

It’s been only a month that a union for the unemployed has come into existence through an ingenious grassroots organizing campaign. In case you haven’t heard about it, the union’s name is “UR Union of the Unemployed” or its nickname, “UCubed,” because of its unique method of organizing.

UCubed is the brain-child of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), whose leaders feel that the millions of unemployed workers need a union of their own to join in the struggle for massive jobs programs.

The idea is that if millions of jobless join together and act as an organization, they are more likely to get Congress and the White House to provide the jobs that are urgently needed. They can also apply pressure for health insurance coverage, unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits and food stamps. An unemployed worker is virtually helpless if he or she has to act alone.

Joining a Cube is as simple as it is important. (Please check the union web site.). Six people who live in the same zip code address can form a Ucube. Nine such UCubes make a neighborhood. Three neighborhood UCubes form a power block that cntains 162 activists. Politicians cannot easily ignore a multitude of power blocks, nor can merchants avoid them.

6 Responses to Union for the Unemployed

  1. madmatt February 25, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    awww no ht to me, I posted it in your comments yesterday!

  2. koshem bos February 25, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Great! I am happy to hear that in particular the connection to the wider union movement and IAM in particular, which is one of the strongest and most serious unions in the country.

  3. Lori February 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Wow! Talk about a countervaling moral force, this is wonderful.

  4. k February 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    And people might get the idea that unions work FOR them, not against them.

  5. Cos February 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Love it!
    Love it!
    Love it!

  6. k February 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Hoover’s biggest mistake – burning down the bonus Army tents;
    Just a thought.

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