Thought I forgot about long-term unemployment insurance, did you? Not when America still has close to three unemployed workers for every job opening, and our corporate titans still think labor is a bigger drag on their profits than their own lack of imagination and initiative. But the Senate (which is, as you recall, just one house of Congress) couldn't pass either of two proposed unemployment extension bills a little over a week ago, supposedly because Republicans couldn't offer any amendments. No, Republicans are saying that -- apparently they don't even know when they sound like whiners anymore. NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, helps you tell Congress to extend long-term unemployment insurance already; NETWORK also helps you find a town hall your Rep might be hosting this week, since they're out of session. (Spoiler alert: apparently, only 19 House Reps, out of a possible 435, will hold town halls this week. I guess the rest are busy doing something.)
Meanwhile, while we live in a wonderful land, too often we find women put on unpaid leave or fired simply because carrying an extra few dozen pounds around for nine months makes you more tired and more prone to injury. But H.R. 1945/S. 972, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, would fix that, by forcing employers to accommodate their pregnant workers the way they accommodate their disabled workers. Not by doing anything outlandish, either -- by being flexible with scheduling, or letting them sit on a stool at a cash register, or letting them carry a water bottle. Yet I can hear the don't-tread-on-me crowd yelling: well, if you didn't want to get fired, you shouldn't have been born with a uterus! The day men can get pregnant, morons such as these will get on board with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. But the National Women's Law Center helps you, sentient life form, get on board with it now by telling your Senators to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.