New Mexicans Up, Up and Away to Highlight Jobs Crisis

 

Written by Andy Richards from the AFL-CIO

The jobs crisis is so urgent that working families in New Mexico are literally going to new heights to get the message out that lawmakers need to be focused on creating and protecting good jobs.  This weekend, as part of the huge Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, jobless New Mexicans and workers from across the state will launch a hot air balloon every day during the nine day festival draped with a 40 foot banner brandishing a message all Americans agree upon:  “America Wants to Work:  Good Jobs Now.”

LeRoy Apodaca, an unemployed Working America member and active participant in New Mexico Wants to Work – a program that has been organizing unemployed workers since January – will be one of the dozens of jobless New Mexicans who will be there Saturday.

I have been unemployed for over 2 years. I want to work, but finding a job these days is difficult. We are asking our elected officials to focus on job creation and make that their most important issue.

Sadly, Apodaca’s story is similar to millions of other jobless workers across the country.  Nearly 45 percent of unemployed workers – more than 6 million Americans – have been out of work for over six months, a travesty that forced Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to call a “national crisis” in a speech Wednesday.  Bernanke went on to say:

This is unheard of…This has never happened in the post-war period in the United States. They are losing the skills they had, they are losing their connections, their attachment to the labor force.

Bernanke’s comments come after the AFL-CIO launched our America Wants to Work action plan earlier this month and is joining with the growing grassroots movement across the country to put pressure on lawmakers to set aside politics and take bold action to get Americans back to work.  Other events are scheduled in New Mexico and across the country in the coming weeks.

To find an event near you, visit the AFL-CIO’s We Are One website.

This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO’s blog.

 

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79 comments

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago

Cool way to make a statement.

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Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

Good for them!

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Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

America wants to work:Good jobs, is a great way to let the people of New Mexico show how serious they are about getting jobs!!~~Millions upon millions people across the nation need jobs, A.S.A.P.~~ New Mexico has shown a unique way of letting Washington know that jobs are needed and wanted!!~~

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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks.

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Marianna B M.

thanks

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Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Well good for them!

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Veronica Bastidas

Thanks

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JE M.
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JE M.
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JE M.
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noted.

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