Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Online community of the unemployed

Getting former major league baseball pitcher Jim Bunning expelled from the National Baseball Hall of Fame is one of the objectives of UCubed, an online initiative to connect and empower the unemployed. Bunning – now a Senator - is targeted for obstructing an unemployment benefits extension.
UCubed helps members connect with other members in their neighbourhood in order to form ‘cubes’, groups of 6 jobs activists who act together, for example to promote initiatives for job creation and unemployment benefits. They are provided with practical tools, such as suggestions for creating ‘quotable’ messages for the media.
UCubed has been created by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). Currently, the initiative has almost 1,500 members.
The UCubed website provides the following introduction: “You lost your job. You're not alone. 31 million Americans face the same challenges. You want your job back. You want your life back. But you can't do it alone. Neither can anyone else. You all need each other. That's what UCubed is here to do: Help you and 31 million other Americans organize, work together and get back to work. Let UCubed help you connect. Form a cube, and multiply your political and economic power by 6. Then by 36. Eventually, by 31 million. Take Control.”

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