Tuesday, December 06, 2011

WE ARE THE PEOPLE to hold event at Benishek's office, Marquette, on Dec. 8

MARQUETTE -- WE ARE THE PEOPLE will be hosting a day of action from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek's District Office, 307 S. Front Street in Marquette.

The purpose of the event is to call attention to the need to extend Michigan unemployment benefits, which are to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.

"As we know, unemployment benefits are very important to our members in the construction industry," said Michael Thibault, business representative for the Upper Peninsula Building and Construction Trades Council. "The extended unemployment benefits are set to expire and could have a devastating effect on some of our members who may suffer extended periods of unemployment. Congressman Dan Benishek does NOT support continuing the extension of benefits for our members."

Michael Thibault, business representative for the Upper Peninsula Building and Construction Trades Council, speaks at a WE ARE THE PEOPLE rally in Houghton in September 2011. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

WE ARE THE PEOPLE reports that, in Michigan alone, 66,700 will lose their benefits unless Congress acts before Jan. 1st.

Concerned citizens are invited to join this event at Benishek's office in Marquette.

"Please join us as we stand together to let Congressman Benishek know that the residents of the First District are standing in SOLIDARITY for Unemployment Benefits extension," Thibault said.

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