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STRATEGY Breakdown

January

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Below are 5 new scripts so you can reach out to your legislators with more targeted messaging. These are call scripts, but you can send this language as emails or shorten it into tweets. Scroll down for all 5 scripts or click one here. Feel free to adapt them to you!

For Democrat Legislators

For Republican Legislators

For Bipartisan Republicans

For Schumer and Pelosi

General Call Script

January Messaging Strategy

Our January Demands

Relevant Fast Facts

Updated 1.10.21

Messaging overview

 

In December a bill was passed that extended unemployment benefits, reinstated the FPUC at $300, provided a $600 check to many Americans, and partially met many other items of our 2020 mission.

 

This is great progress and a win for the movement, as well as the People; but it is NOT enough for millions of affected people to survive. We must pass more relief and it must include retroactivity to compensate for the last 5+ months of government inaction. ​

 

Mission Summary

What are our January demands?

        1. Retroactive relief for all affected workers.

2. Robust extended PUA, PEUC, and FPUC including additional weeks for all claims. FPUC must be retroactive to its expiration and should be the full $600.

3. Robust rent relief including a long term eviction moratorium.

4. Healthcare relief.  

5. Direct aid through cash payments.

For a full list and details on our demands, as well as other causes we support, check Our Mission

Talking points     

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We need retroactive relief.

In our survey of 1,300 unemployed workers, we found that 44% of them are receiving less than ¼ of their previous income. (See Report)

  • By omitting retroactivity in continued unemployment assistance, Congress is placing the financial burden of their inaction on the American people and our families.  

  • The FPUC expired July 26th, leaving tens of millions of Americans surviving on just state UI or PUA payments for TWENTY THREE WEEKS. State UI and PUA are not, and were never designed to be, a livable wage in any state. UI is as little as $7/week. You can find your state’s average UI payment here.

  • The FPUC has been in every bill proposal, including Senator McConnell's own bill in the Fall; it has had bipartisan support at the level of at least $300 since its expiration in July. 

  • Millions of us are deep in debt because of our commitment to stopping the spread of the virus as per the government’s orders. We did our part, yet over 10 million people are behind on rent. It’s time for the government to do their part. Halved payments in 2021 will not back-pay 5+ months of rent and other accrued debts from 2020. 

  • Americans are in deep financial crises. The new Congress and Biden administration must fix the error of the lack of FPUC payments from August to December. If they don’t, both personal and overall economic recoveries will suffer for years.

 

Why Not Just Unemployed People?

85.8% of surveyed underemployed workers are earning less than half of their previous income. (See Report)

  • Direct aid has been needed throughout the pandemic. 76 million people in the US were unemployed and only about 24 million of those people received unemployment. These workers received NO assistance since the $1,200 check over 6 months ago.

  • Tens of millions of Americans have been severely underemployed throughout this crisis. These are our essential workers who are putting their lives at risk and other workers facing significant cuts to hours and pay. These people are not eligible for unemployment, and direct aid is necessary to keep them and their families in their homes and able to afford even basic necessities.

  • Some who have been unemployed have been forced back into the workforce in unsafe positions, settling for underemployment to close the gaps left by the lapse of FPUC and unlivable unemployment. 32% of our worker-respondents said they are currently underemployed. 85.8% of those people are earning less than half of their previous income. 53.9% of them are earning less than a quarter of their previous income. We need direct aid payments to these underemployed workers so they can pull their way out of the debt accrued over those 6 months while still paying for their current needs. Direct aid is needed in addition to extended and retroactive FPUC.

 

We need continued relief until the pandemic is over and the workforce has recovered.

  • The pandemic is not over. Cases are rising and hospitalizations are higher than they were when the CARES Act passed.

  • We have only recovered about half of the 22 millions jobs we lost since the crisis began. Moreover, the rate of job recovery has consistently slowed over the last months. In December it halted and actually started to move backwards.

  • Many face to face industries have no timeline for returning to work.

  • "Improved" unemployment rates don’t include millions of workers. More on this here

Relief must include healthcare assistance.

57% of respondents fear healthcare loss without continued FPUC and PUA. (See Report)

  • The second highest reported cost after rent and mortgages was healthcare. 57% of respondents fear healthcare loss without continued FPUC and PUA. Amid a continually escalating pandemic, in one of the richest nations on earth, workers should not be forced to weigh ending their healthcare coverage to cover other emergency living expenses.

 

Relief must include rent and mortgage protections.

75% of those surveyed (including the founders of ExtendPUA.org) are in need of rent or mortgage assistance. (See Report)

  • No one should lose their home during a global pandemic, and no landlord should be without the necessary income to remain financially stable for the properties they maintain. Additionally, expecting individuals to accumulate so much wealth post pandemic that they can make up for a year of $0 income is unreasonable.

 

Relief must include food assistance.

1 in 4 Americans are now food insecure. (See Report)

  • Food banks across the country are witnessing record breaking lines. Many food assistance programs are covered by "state and local government" funding, which is why we have been so adamant that a comprehensive relief bill must include this line item. Since this critical element has inexplicably become a polarizing topic thanks to a few rogue tweets, we are being as clear as we can in demanding that no one should go hungry during a global pandemic.

Relief must include direct cash payments

85.8% of underemployed workers are earning less than 50% of their previous income. (See Report)

  • Following our call for retroactivity for those who are underemployed or unemployed and not receiving relief... we also need continued relief for these people. We need cash payments to those who are not eligible for unemployment - including those who are underemployed, essential workers who have gone without hazard pay, and anyone excluded from unemployment altogether. Everyone in America should receive assistance.

Script for:

Democratic Leaders Schumer and Pelosi

 

"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code/city) calling with ExtendPUA.org.  Thank you so much for taking my call. 

 

(We strongly encourage you to start with a sentence or two about your personal story. What your job was, what will happen to you without PUA or PEUC and what your situation is due to the $600 already expiring. How much do you make in UI? What are you losing/what will you lose?) 

 

Thank you for your fight for relief in 2020 and for finally passing some relief in December. Unfortunately, as you know, that relief is not enough. By giving the Democrats majority control in both the Legislative and Executive branches, voters have said we need change and we need to see you finally meet The People's demands. I need the Senator (or Congressperson) to Save Our Workers and publicly demand that further relief is passed. That relief should be retroactive, robust, and worker-focused. It should include:

  • PUA and PEUC extended with additional weeks until the crisis is over;

  • PUC extended at $600;

  • direct payments;

  • robust healthcare and rent relief;

  • and a direct payment or tax credit to all affected workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive payments for the last 6 months.
     

Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not provide compensation for their complete lack of action for most of 2020. We should have had an unemployment boost throughout the entirety of the crisis and we should have had monthly direct payments. 

 

We need relief now that is retroactive and robust. It should be your office's top priority. We need you.​

Thank you for listening. I really appreciate you getting this message to the Senator (or Congressperson).

Script for:

Democratic legislators

 

"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code/city) calling with ExtendPUA.org.  Thank you so much for taking my call. 

 

(We strongly encourage you to start with a sentence or two about your personal story. What your job was, what will happen to you without PUA or PEUC and what your situation is due to the $600 already expiring. How much do you make in UI? What are you losing/what will you lose?) 

 

Thank you for your fight for relief in 2020 and for finally passing some relief in December. Unfortunately, as you know, that relief is not enough. By giving the Democrats majority control, voters have said we need change and we need to see you finally meet The People's demands.  I need the Senator (or Congressperson) to Save Our Workers and publicly demand that further relief is passed. That relief should be retroactive, robust, and worker-focused. It should include:

  • PUA and PEUC extended with additional weeks until the crisis is over;

  • PUC extended at $600;

  • direct payments;

  • robust healthcare and rent relief;

  • and a direct payment or tax credit to all affected workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive payments for the last 6 months.
     

Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not provide compensation for their complete lack of action for most of 2020. We should have had an unemployment boost throughout the entirety of the crisis and we should have had monthly direct payments.

 

We need relief now that is retroactive and robust. It should be your office's top priority. We need you.​

Thank you for listening. I really appreciate you getting this message to the Senator (or Congressperson).

 

Script for:

Republican Legislators

Top Targets:

Cornyn in TX, Tillis in NC, Risch in ID, Rounds in SD, Toomey in PA, Capito in WV, as well as both Senators in GA, FL, IN, IA, OK, NE, and MO.

"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code/city) calling with ExtendPUA.org.  Thank you so much for taking my call. 

 

(We strongly encourage you to start with a sentence or two about your personal story. What your job was, what will happen to you without PUA or PEUC and what your situation is due to the $600 already expiring. How much do you make in UI? What are you losing/what will you lose?) 

 

I am so glad some relief was finally passed in December, but that relief is not enough to hold the American people through this. I need the Senator (or Congressperson) to Save Our Workers and publicly demand that further relief is passed. That relief should be retroactive, robust, and worker-focused. It should include:

  • PUA and PEUC extended with additional weeks until the crisis is over;

  • PUC extended at $600;

  • direct payments;

  • robust healthcare and rent relief;

  • and a direct payment or tax credit to all affected workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive payments for the last 6 months.
     

Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not provide compensation for their complete lack of action for most of 2020. We should have had an unemployment boost throughout the entirety of the crisis and we should have had monthly direct payments.

 

We need relief now that is retroactive and robust. It should be your office's top priority. We need you.​

Thank you for listening. I really appreciate you getting this message to the Senator (or Congressperson).

Script for:

Bipartisan legislators:

Mitt Romney (UT), Bill Cassidy (LA), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Susan Collins (ME), Joe Manchin (WV),

Mark Warner (VA), Dick Durbin (IL), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Maggie Hassan (NH), Angus King (ME), 

Rob Portman (OH), Chris Coons (DE), Michael Bennet (CO), Debbie Stabenow (MI)

 

"Hello. My name is (your name) and I am a constituent from (your zip code/city) calling with ExtendPUA.org.  Thank you so much for taking my call. 

 

(We strongly encourage you to start with a sentence or two about your personal story. What your job was, what will happen to you without PUA or PEUC and what your situation is due to the $600 already expiring. How much do you make in UI? What are you losing/what will you lose?) 

 

Thank you for your efforts to make bipartisan progress on relief in December. Unfortunately more is needed for the American people to survive. I need the Senator (or Congressperson) to Save Our Workers and publicly demand that further relief is passed. That relief should be retroactive, robust, and worker-focused. It should include:

  • PUA and PEUC extended with additional weeks until the crisis is over;

  • PUC extended at $600;

  • direct payments;

  • robust healthcare and rent relief;

  • and a direct payment or tax credit to all affected workers that compensates for the lack of retroactive payments for the last 6 months.
     

Americans will not survive the debt incurred in this pandemic if our government does not provide compensation for their complete lack of action for most of 2020. We should have had an unemployment boost throughout the entirety of the crisis and we should have had monthly direct payments.

 

We need relief now that is retroactive and robust. It should be your office's top priority. We need you.​

Thank you for listening. I really appreciate you getting this message to the Senator (or Congressperson).

 

at-a-glance

FAST FACTS messaging for december

  1. 12 million more unemployed Americans will lose all assistance on December 26 when PUA and PEUC expire.

  2. Many people have already had their claims completely expire and are receiving no assistance. Many states are ending the EB program already.

  3. 26 million people were relying on the FPUC $600 to make UI and PUA into a livable wage. Legislator inaction ripped that money away at the end of July and ever since then, Americans have been relying on solely base UI or PUA, which is as low as $7/week. In Oklahoma the average is $44/week. You can find your state’s average UI payment here. FPUC payments MUST be retroactive.

  4. 1 in 4 Americans are either unemployed or making poverty wages.

  5. There are 10 million fewer jobs than pre-pandemic

  6. 12 million American have lost health insurance during the pandemic.

  7. 40 million Americans are at risk of eviction.

  8. 50 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat, and are food insecure.

  9. 8 million more Americans were shoved into poverty in this pandemic, totaling 55 million Americans in poverty. 

  10. The jobs reports increasingly show that recovery is slowing and expert economists agree that robust relief is necessary and would help, not hurt, the economy.

  11. Unemployment rates don’t include millions of workers. They leave out people forced out of the labor force completely, those not counted because they are “temporarily unemployed”, those who are not actively searching for work, and those who have expired benefits already. The October 6% unemployment rate is actually 11% when all people are taken into account. And that doesn’t include any of the incredibly underemployed workers, who found jobs and still can’t meet their basic needs. More on this here

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