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Jobs for All - featuring Marguerite Rosenthal

By suren - Posted on 07 May 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:00 p.m. The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948 states, in part that “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…, to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.”

The struggle in the U.S. for a full employment economy has been a long one, hampered by policy “trade-offs” that accept high unemployment as an antidote to inflation, and that privilege the profits of the few over the well-being of the many. One of the current battlefields in the struggle center around US Representative John Conyers' office in relation to his bill, HR 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. (So far, Jim McGovern is the only member of the Mass. delegation to endorse the bill.)

At our May 2013 meeting, Marguerite Rosenthal will discuss the current state of joblessness in the US, how the bill would help, and what can be done about it.

Marguerite Rosenthal retired from teaching and chairing the social policy curriculum at Salem State University's Masters of Social Work program in 2008. She is a long-term member of DSA and is on the Executive Committee of the National Jobs for All Coalition (

See also: Announcement on the DSA site; article on full employment by Chris Maisano.