NEW: Jobless Rhode Islanders Call for Fiscal Cliff Solutions
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Where’s the Work?, an organization of unemployed and underemployed workers in Rhode Island joined together Wednesday to call on Congress to extend unemployment insurance before the end of the year. Some 8,700 of Rhode Island’s jobless will lose their unemployment insurance on December 29 unless the program is reauthorized.
“Eighty seven hundred Rhode Islanders face the grim prospect this holiday season of a new year with an end to their only source of income if Congress fails to extend unemployment insurance,” said organizer Mark Gray. “We commend the Rhode Island Congressional delegation for their hard work on behalf of our friends and neighbors and urge Congress to act now!”
Stanley Banach, a member of Where’s the Work, said he lost his job in May after being injured in a car accident. Banach will lose his benefits at the end of the year in Congress does not extend unemployment insurance.
“I am trying to find a job as quickly as possible, but without unemployment insurance I don’t know how I’ll pay for transportation to job interviews or take my son to the doctor,” he said. “Nobody wins if Congress fails to extend unemployment insurance.”