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    CNN: Walmart, Apple, Ford, others to help long term unemployed

    CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, others to help jobless

    By Sherisse Pham, CNN
    updated 7:47 PM EST, Thu January 30, 2014

    Exclusive: Obama: Companies pledge help for long-term jobless

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • In interview with CNN, President says companies sign on to plan to boost hiring
    • Action in line with Obama's pledge to take executive action on stalled initiatives
    • This plan aims to help long-term unemployed as jobs market lags economic recovery
    • NEW: Rep. Paul Ryan says Obama trying an "end run" around Congress


    Program note: Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET

    (CNN)
    -- The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies for a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed.

    "What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.

    "Because they've been unemployed ... so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they're weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview," said Obama.

    As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown.

    "Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they've been out of work for a long time," said the President.

    He will make the formal announcement on Friday. He's convening CEOs and others who have committed to the plan.

    The move is in line with Obama's State of the Union push to take executive action on initiatives that he does not need Congress to accomplish.

    The President proposed in 2011 that Congress prohibit discrimination based on unemployment at companies with more than 15 workers. Bills were introduced in the Senate and House, but little progress was made.

    "Will we be able to have more of an impact if we can get Congress, for example, to pass a minimum wage law that applies to everybody, as opposed to me just through executive order making sure that, folks who are contractors to the federal government have to pay a minimum wage? Absolutely," said Obama.

    On Tuesday, he promised to take action raising the minimum wage for government contract workers to $10.10 per hour.

    The nation's unemployment rate fell to 6.7% in December, but the drop came mainly from workers leaving the labor force.

    Roughly 4 million people are considered long-term unemployed, those out of work for 27 weeks or more. Efforts backed by Obama to extend a federal program providing jobless benefits to that group fell flat this month in Congress.

    Weak job growth

    Obama added that his administration will continue reaching out to the House and Senate on key initiatives.

    "But I'm not going to wait for them," the President said.

    Critics have said Obama's push for executive action illustrates diminished expectations. But he stressed key accomplishments achieved through Congress during his five years in office, including health care and education.

    "In no way are my expectations diminished, or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true, is we've got divided government right now. The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine. And in that kind of environment, what I don't want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation," Obama said.

    Companies to pledge help for long-term jobless

    In a separate interview, Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and a potential White House hopeful next time around, told Tapper that Obama appears to be circumventing the Constitution with an "end run" around Congress.

    "If there's something he thinks needs to be changed in law, then he needs to make the case to Congress," Ryan said, noting that there is an "effective way" to use the bully pulpit "to encourage good things."

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    Companies to pledge help for long-term jobless

    By Jennifer Liberto @CNNMoney January 28, 2014: 9:19 AM ET

    Lockheed Martin is among the companies that say they have signed on to best practices aimed at minimizing hiring discrimination against the jobless.


    WASHINGTON (CNNMoney)
    A handful of large corporations say they plan to sign on to a White House plan aimed at boosting hiring of the long-term unemployed.

    President Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday, is expected to announce the initiative, which will ask companies to sign on to "best practices" that will help minimize hiring discrimination against people who have been out of work for many months or longer.

    Lockheed Martin, (LMT, Fortune 500) Xerox (XRX, Fortune 500), Deloitte and Siemens AG (SI) confirmed their pledges to CNNMoney. The White House didn't comment on the effort.
    As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown.

    The causes of the long-term unemployment problem are complex, and discrimination hard to prove. But some researchers have found that discrimination plays a role. Some companies have even posted blatant job ads saying jobless need not apply.


    Obama proposed in 2011 that Congress prohibit discrimination based on unemployment at companies with more than 15 workers. Bills were introduced in the Senate and House, but little progress was made.


    Since then New Jersey, Oregon, the District of Columbia and New York City have all passed laws banning discrimination against the jobless.


    The latest White House effort sidesteps gridlock in Congress, which has declined to extend federal benefits for millions of Americans losing extended unemployment insurance.


    Life without benefits gets tougher for jobless


    Labor experts and advocates for the unemployed question how enforceable or effective such a pledge would be.


    "It's a great first step," said Maurice Emsellem, director of the Access and Opportunity Program at National Employment Law Project, which advocates for the unemployed. "It can't just be about voluntary compliance and fair standards. You have to go further than that."


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