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Thursday, August 31, 2006

United Professionals: An advocate for white collar workers

Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed is starting United Professionals, an organization for displaced white collar workers.

According to their misssion statement, this is what they do;

UP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for white collar workers, regardless of profession or employment status. We reach out to all unemployed, underemployed and anxiously employed workers — people who bought the American dream that education and credentials could lead to a secure middle class life, but now find their lives disrupted by forces beyond their control.

Our mission is to protect and preserve the American middle class, now under attack from so many directions, from downsizing and outsourcing to the steady erosion of health and pension benefits. We believe that education, skills and experience should be rewarded with appropriate jobs, livable incomes, benefits and social supports.

UP fosters positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service. UP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, including on-line support, employment and networking leads, community and regional networks, voluntary supplemental insurance, liaison with community groups and advocacy training.

UP celebrates the professional work we do, each of us singly, by creating a mutually protective support system, for all of us together.


This is an interesting move by a very smart lady. if you've never read Barbara's blog, then you're missing out on some great insight about today's workplace. It's not surprising given the state of today's job market and the plight of many displaced baby boomers who cant find a good job that she would start something like this. United Professionals launches Sept. 8th.

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