Unemployed/99er Resources

Here’s the printed text of “America is NOT Broke” (the speech in Madison by Michael Moore) http://j.mp/gNLnDF and here’s the YouTube of his Madison speech: http://mmflint.me/hMf5X3

1. New Help Site Online for Jobless 99ers – Unemployed Must be Made Visible http://helpthe99ers.com

2. Find Jerk-Free jobs at http://www.ebosswatch.com/ and follow them on Twitter for regular job postings! @ebosswatch

3. Please join as many groups as you can on http://www.LinkedIn.com , including groups dedicated to listed jobs. Network within your field or aspiring field and join into discussions in groups. Start your own discussions in the groups you join. Connect to people with whom you’ve worked and have had good relationships, with people in  your industry, former classmates, etc. Join Industry and Company groups, find RECRUITERS, and Find the JOBS GROUP!

How to Use LinkedIN to Find a Job: http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2010/02/16/how-to-use-linkedin-to-find-a-job.htm

4. View thousands of JOBS on Idealist.org http://www.idealist.org/search/advanced?search_type=job&prepop=1&all_initial_sort=published_date#

5. If you have disabilities, visit The Job Accommodation Network (part of the DOL) at http://askjan.org/ for cutting edge info on how to ask for accommodations, start your own business, address discrimination, etc.

6. There is NO SHAME in asking for help. If you need food, clothing, household items – look in thrift shops, trade with others, go to food pantries or soup kitchens, seek out churches, synagoges and mosques that offer these services.

7. Write to your city, state, and federal elected officials and tell them you’re job-hunting and send them your resume. Also demand Unemployment benefits.

8. Sign up for daily http://www.Monster.com  job alerts to your email for jobs in your field.

9. Learn what all of the free training programs offered by your city or state are and take advantage of them!

10. Look for free skill-building classes to add to your resume that you can take while you are unemployed. You can find many of these on LinkedIn that are useful, legitimate and free. I recommend this one for anyone and everyone, no matter what your field is: http://www.nycnvc.org/64days.htm This is an EXCELLENT communication training that you can do at your own pace for FREE.

11. Being discriminated against because you’re unemployed? You may have recourse: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-16-11.cfm Do report any companies that have ads that say they will not interview or consider unemployed persons. Speak UP!

12. If you’d like to tell your story here, please do so! Telling your story of how you became unemployed and all you’ve done to find another job can be a healing experience and can also educate those who do not understand what the unemployment conditions in the US now really are.

13. It is understandable to be stressed out. Seek out support wherever you can. Find free support groups online, via phone, in your community, at houses of worship, among supportive friends and family, etc.

14. Sign and share petitions in support of workers’ rights whenever you can. Be sure you read any petition carefully. There are many campaigns called “Right to Work” which are actually named intentionally to deceive you that they’re good for workers, when in fact, they are not food for workers. Here are two important petitions that support workers’ rights and can help you and all other workers in the future:

An Open Letter (& PETITION) from Community of Whistleblowers to Attorney General Eric Holder http://t.co/JFPsARJ and  http://goo.gl/7R7xf

15. Think very carefully about how you vote in all elections. Notice which political parties support workers’ rights and which do not. Discuss your experiences and the policies of different politicians with your family and friends to educate everyone you can about how being an informed voter who votes in the interests of workers’ rights is extremely important.

 16. Union Jobs Clearinghouse:  http://www.unionjobs.com/

17. Check out: Debt Collectors, Unauthorized Charges, Loan ‘Modifiers’ Top Gripe List http://t.co/RcxkVX0

18. Compliance Jobs http://careers.hereisthecity.com/jobs/search.cntns

19.  OPM expands hiring benefit for #military spouses http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2011/03/opm_to_expand_hiring_benefit_f.html

20. Even if there is a hiring freeze in your local or state government, apply for jobs there as they might hire you as a temp or put you on a waiting list.

21. Meet-Up Groups for Those Who Are Unemployed – Find one near you: http://unemployed.meetup.com/

22. The Five O’Clock Club Newsletter and Meetings: Find one near you: http://www.fiveoclockclub.com/

23. Job listings for persons with disabilities: http://www.disaboomjobs.com/

Remain updated on how your elected officials vote on Labor and other issues: Sign up to see how your elected officials vote on various issues: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/ Make sure you tell them you want workers’ rights to be protected and improved – not gutted by the GOP who are destroying workers’ rights because they accept large campaign donations from the Koch Brothers and other corporations.


If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, age, or disability, you have the right to file a complaint.  In certain programs, discrimination based on sex, religion, citizenship, or political affiliation or belief is also against the law.

This brochure is intended to help you get the results you deserve.  In order to ensure that your complaint is being handled properly, please follow the instructions given.

First, find the program or activity that you are involved in.  Then make sure that alleged discrimination charge is covered in that program.  Send your complaint to the agency listed.

Your complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident.

Make sure you include all the information that is important to your complaint.

Please write or type your letter legibly.


Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

Mary E. Switzer Bldg

330 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20202

(202) 205-5557; 1-800-421-3481

Equal Employment Opportunity          Commission (EEOC)

131 M Street NE, Fourth Floor Suite 4NW02F Washington, DC  20507

(202) 663-4900; 1-800-669-4000

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC  20201

(202) 619-0403; 1-800-368-1019

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

451 7th Street SW

Washington, DC  20410

(202) 708-4252; 1-800-669-9777

Department of Labor Civil Rights Center

200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N-4123

Washington, DC  20210

(202) 693-6500



Educational institution, private employers, State and local governments

State and local governments, educational institutions, unions’ apprenticeship programs employment agencies and private employers with 15 or more employees

Private employers, state and local governments, post secondary educations institutions in the health field, hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies and facilities.

State and local governments and housing authorities

Private employers, State and local governments if participants in Department of Labor programs.



Race, color, sex national origin, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief, and citizenship


Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room C-3325

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0101

National Labor Relations

1099 14th Street NW, Room 9700

Washington, DC 20570

(202) 273-3891

Small Business Administration of Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights


409 3rd Street SW

Washington, DC 20416

(202) 205-6750

Department of Labor Office Wage & Hour Division (WHD)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room S-3502

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0563

U.S. Postal Service

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC  20260

(202) 768-1000; 1-888-308-7654


Federal contractors and sub contractors, contractors and sub-contractors and federally assisted construction.

Prevents and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations.

Aids and protects small business interests through financial investment, procurement and management assistance.  Ensures that beneficiaries of SBA’s programs are in compliance with civil rights legislation

Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor requirements; Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act

Handles complaints of discrimination from employees, present and former


Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, disabled Veterans and Veterans

* If your complaint does not appear to be covered by one of the above-listed agencies, you should contact your State government for the name of the organization within the State that would handle your complaint.


(U.S. Department of Labor, 2009) 

 Copyright 2011 Denise A Romano – Reproduction allowed with copyright intact and inclusion of this blog address



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