Workers Rights Board to Investigate Unemployment Issues

Updated Press Release               February 5, 2010

Contact: Dr. Joerg Rieger, Co-convener of the Workers’ Rights Board, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, SMU Phone: 214-768-2356 E-mail: [email protected]

Event: Unemployment is on the Rise in the United States, Economic Recovery Fails to Materialize for Millions:
Workers’ Rights Board Investigates the Causes and Challenges of Unemployment and Possible Solutions

Time: Friday, February 12, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Place:  Beckley Courthouse, 410 S. Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Luis Sepulveda.

Due to the growing hardships of unemployment in Texas and the United States, the Workers’ Rights Board of North Texas Jobs with Justice will have a hearing on the jobs crisis on Friday, February 12, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Many jobs that were lost as a result of the economic crisis are projected not to come back. Disgracefully high unemployment is projected by virtually all economists to drag on for several more years. The jobs crisis affects persons from varied backgrounds, both blue collar and white collar. It appears to be especially hard on African-Americans, Latinas/os, and female heads of household.

The hearing will feature testimony from persons suffering from unemployment, as well as from scholars and activists for the unemployed.

The public and the media are invited to witness this hearing, as the members of the Workers’ Rights Board are investigating the current crisis, its challenges and causes, and will discuss possible solutions.