WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons on Friday urged Delaware companies to join a new effort by President Obama to assist unemployed Americans by signing-on to a set of best practices aimed at eliminating the stigma often attached those who have been without a job for a long period of time. Delaware-based DuPont, Inc., is among 300 U.S. companies that have already committed to the best practices.
“The long-term unemployed face unique challenges in the job market but deserve the same economic opportunity as all Americans,” Senator Coons said. “The longer a worker is unemployed, the more difficult it becomes to find a job, often because there is a stigma attached to being unemployed. By getting 300 companies to commit to a set of guiding principles aimed at ending that sigma, President Obama is doing his part to preserve job opportunities for the long-term unemployed. Now Congress needs to do its part by passing an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, moving forward with bipartisan skills-training legislation, and helping our manufacturers grow and create jobs. I hope every Delaware business will join DuPont in signing-on to these best practices today.”
Delaware businesses can sign-on to the best practices on Senator Coons’ website here: www.coons.senate.gov/bestpractices
The best practices include:
Senator Coons questioned Doug Elmendorf, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, about the effects of the federal budget on the long-term unemployed during a hearing of the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee in November. More on that exchange, including video, is available here: http://1.usa.gov/1bd7giB.