Who we are. What we do.

 

Who we are. What we do.

UhireU.S. is a volunteer, not-for-profit group of business professionals, college students and involved citizens who are concerned about the human cost of persistent, high unemployment. 

This past summer, a number of us grew weary of the gloom and doom talk about America’s future and what seemed to be a national feeling of hopelessness.  We realized that it is within the power of small business owners and big business management to put our country back on the right path. UhireU.S. was formed to help make it happen.  Our immediate goal is for companies to pledge hiring 1,000,000 of the jobless in the first half of the year.  We want business owners and managers thinking and talking about add-ons not layoffs.

Pretty audacious.  Granted.  But doable.

We know it is not going to be easy. We live each day with the worst unemployment  crisis since the Great Depression.  All of our citizens know this is a dire situation—but none so much as the tens of millions unable to find a full-time job. We want companies to do what only they can do—invest in hiring one or more of the jobless. If a sufficient number take that small risk, we can have a million more Americans with paychecks in just a few months time.

Our first initiative is the celebration of America’s inaugural National Jobs Day. It is a time to assess how far the nation has come in the pursuit of full employment and find new ways to make it happen.   A bipartisan resolution has been introduced in the U.S. Senate declaring 2012 to be our country’s first National Jobs Day

Proof Positive

On January 16, a sister job creation initiative was launched in Ireland.  Their movement is  called Hireland.  You can see what they are doing at www.hireland.ie.  Early results indicate they are changing the behavior of small business owners in their sorely beset country.  HIreland is getting Ireland to “think hiring’ rather than “think firing.” In the first two weeks of the campaign more than 2,000 jobs were pledged – that’s the equivalent of 100,000 in our far larger economy.  Next, it’s our turn on National Jobs Day.   So little by each of us who can hire just one of the jobless can mean so much in brightening the big picture for America.

You can view our progress at www.uhireus.org.  Tell your Facebook friends to “like” us at www.facebook.com/uhireus.  And spread the word about UhireU.S. whenever you  can to your contacts on linked-in.