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Unemployed for the first time

I am 61 years old. I have worked all my life. My last job was almost 6 years. Prior to that 29 years. My last job was relocated to Portland which is over an hour away. I commuted for 3 years when I first moved here to Clatskanie 10 years ago. I ...

Struggling Americans Need the Same Help you give to Foreiners

My daughter has 3 kids and she's been unemplyed for a year after being at her previous job for 11 years. Before that she was at a previous job for 9 years, and continued to work at various other jobs to make ends meet. She has worked her entire life ...
—Patti CO

Labor union workers need long-term benefits

My mother and step-father both work for a labor union. They get hired for an outage and work until they are laid off and then they have to wait for that phone call for another outage. During that time of waiting their only income is unemployment. Sometimes, ...

Congress will now pass anything that will benefit ordinary citizens..They are hell bent on vetoing anything that the President p

I have been fortunate in my life. However, I have great empathy for the people who are valiantly trying to get by on these pitiful wages. I would really like all of these Republicans to be in the shoes of these minimum wage workers and see how ...


I got hit twice. I worked for Head Start for over 30 years and lost my job in Sequestration and then lost the unemployment in Dec. How do you measure 30 years of work against 6 months of unemployment. I have had 6 interviews in the last 10 months. ...

5 years and counting

My husband has been unemployed from a permanent job for 5 years, during that time he has either worked temp jobs, received unemployment benefits or no benefits at all.

We qualified for LIHEAP and SNAP, but that covers maybe 3 months of our electric bill ...


Hard to find a Job

My friend and ex-colleague has been trying to find a job since August 2011 when she was laid off. She lives in NJ and just applied for food stamps which she is now receiving. She realizes that this extension will not benefit her, but she hopes that it ...

I didn't ask for this......

All of my life I have work. It's been very hard to maintain without getting any benefits coming in to pay your mortgage, utilities, and don't know where you next meals are coming from. Jobs are hard to find!!! It's a shame we have to suffer in our OWN ...

Mother, Business Owner and Full-time worker

I am a mother of two kids, one of which has developmental disabilities. I currently work full-time and have my own business. I have an AA in criminal investigations, yet I work for a small business where I have been for the last 5 years. I do not get ...

Unemployed mom

I was laid off the first time during my maternity leave. After 10 months, I found a contract position which ended 2 years later. I have been unemployed for 9 months now, without unemployment for 3.

I have a college degree, 20 years of experience, and ...



Dear Senators/Congress,

Please do not leave the unemployed in the cold. As somone who was layed off after 22 yrs in one company it took me nearly 3 yrs to find a job. It is exremely stressful and very impacting to the whole family, student loan companies ...

—Mr Patel

Losing my unemployment

When I lost the only job I could find when I reached remission from a diagnosis of brain cancer, I signed up for unemployment. I still couldn't find another job due to the fact that my credit was ruined while I was sick. I looked for a year and was steadily ...
—D. PhoenixWA


Empower us to do great things! To be great wives and mothers and lawyers and healers. Empower us by paying us what we deserve to survive and to live above the poverty line! Empower us to be the women you want your culture filled with.

Thank you.



The weight of the economy does not coincide with minimum wages. I have a child with a child who cannot afford shelter, food and clothing with the minimum wage he earns. How fair is it that the companies are allowed to pay a very small portion of billions ...

need to raise the minnium wage

the cost of living now days is very high now, people need to get a pay in crease because alot of people are single parents and have to work 3 jobs just to get buy. When I was younger ,I had to support me and my 4 kids I worked 3 jobs so I could keep a ...

Living Wages

I have worked with low income families to help build stable lives for the last 40 years. The key to helping families to become stable is the opportunity to earn a long wage. Failure to obtain employment that lifts them out of poverty is the biggest barrier ...


I am a retired high school custodian. I have seen women work as janitors just to feed their families. Our republican governor does not like organized labor so he is trying to get rid of it in our school systems by cutting per pupil funding drastically. ...

More than my mom

I remember getting my first job in an assembly plant. I was 20 and had absolutely no experience. I came home and found out my starting pay was 3 times as much as my mom's who had been working as a Restaurant manager my whole life. I started dating a young ...

Raise it!

Raising the minimum wage will give more people greater buying power and the ability to take care of themselves and their families!


My boyfriend was fired from a 12 year job for an accidental, use of a gift card. That was 10/31/2011, he has had some temporary work but nothing substantial.

He has been looking for a job, with no luck. We feel that his last employer is giving him a bad ...

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