Don’t Make It Worse for Jobless Rhode Islanders

What’s crazier than a state with 11% unemployment? How about a state with 11% unemployment laying off 57 frontline workers at the Department of Labor and Training, cutting the services the unemployed depend on every day?

Yeah, that’s crazier. Yet that’s exactly what the state is doing, with mass layoffs scheduled to take effect July 28.

If you think this is crazy, too, please join unemployed Rhode Islanders, DLT employees, and other advocates this Wednesday, July 25th at 4 p.m. for an informational picket and press event. Stand with us in front of the Department of Labor and Training (1511 Pontiac Ave., Cranston) to tell our leaders to stop making life even harder for Rhode Islanders struggling with unemployment.

The DLT is already struggling to keep up with the flood of claims and demand for job placement training, and with over 60,000 unemployed Rhode Islanders and the second highest unemployment rate in the country, a deep cut in services will devastate those most hurt by the economic downturn. So please join us Wednesday to ask one simple question:”11%…layoffs…really?”

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Aaron Regunberg is a community organizer in Providence and a state representative in House District 4.

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