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Having trouble getting through to unemployment?

One week before Christmas, over 500 state workers were laid off by the Department of Labor & Industry. Since then, unemployed workers trying to get information about their benefits have faced busy signals, as well as days, hours and weeks of waiting to get through on the phone. Advocates for the unemployed have been working to find solutions for claimants who need answers.


Click here to learn some ways you can try to get information about your claim.


Groups such as the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and Philadelphia Legal Assistance have also be collecting information on the problems that claimants are having so that we can push the state to fix the problem. Click here to submit a complaint and help us keep track of peoples' issues.

PUP member Jackie Chapman speaking at a recent rally calling on the state to rehire laid off workers who help claimants with unemployment benefits.

Jobs Club Spotlight

Long time PUP member Derrell (right) has been working hard to find employment, and he just let us know that his persistence has paid off. Working with our jobs developer, he was able to ace his interview and is now working with Sovereign Security at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Congrats Derrell!



Celebrating the struggles of the American people that make
us the nation we are today.
Tuesdays at 6 PM
at Community College of Philadelphia- Winnet Student Life Building-  Room S 2-3 Refreshments from 5:30

9/ 16 Broken on All Sides -Film on race, mass incarceration and new visions for criminal justice, plus Our Schools are not for Sale a short film on the Philadelphia schools.  The evening will give insight into the “school to prison pipeline” and how to fight it.

9/30 Borinqueneeners-The story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in U.S. Army history, recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama

10/14 Mississippi: Is This America?- This is the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, where people from all over America confronted violent racism as they came to work with Black Mississippians to fight the right to vote and be represented in the political process.

10/28 Brothers on the Line-Narrated by Martin SheenBrothers on the Line is the award-winning documentary exploring the social justice crusade of the Reuther brothers whose social justice movement, under the banner of the United Auto Workers, helped to transform the landscape of the nation.

11/11 Paycheck to Paycheck- As the fight for higher wages and a fair minimum wage heats up, this filmilluminates the challenges faced by more than 42 million low wage American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.

11/25 1971-The story of Philadelphia activists, who in 1971 broke into FBI offices in Media, PA and uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. In our current age of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden, this documentary couldn’t be timelier.

Sponsored by Philadelphia Unemployment Project, SAG/AFTRA, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Reformation, Fight for Philly, AFSCME DC 47, UFCW Local 1776, AFT Local 2026

Sponsored by Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, SAG/AFTRA, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Reformation, Fight for Philly, AFSCME DC 47,  AFT Local 2026


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