AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka statement on President Obama's jobs proposal
STATEMENT BY AFL-CIO PRESIDENT RICHARD TRUMKA
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSALS TO ACCELERATE JOB GROWTH
December 8, 2009
President Obama is right: We must take urgent steps to create jobs.
And we must fundamentally rebuild our economy so we never again face
the unnerving financial meltdown that confronted President Obama and
all of America when he took office in January. While Wall Street is
busy cashing their bonus checks, now is the time for immediate action
to stabilize the economy for struggling working Americans on Main
We will be working hard and nonstop to help President Obama and
responsible leaders in Congress succeed in creating jobs now. We must
ensure that any plan is big and robust enough to meet the scale of the
crisis we face.
I am encouraged that President Obama and his team are proposing many of
the same steps that we see as the most promising, efficient routes to
job creation. The AFL-CIO has proposed a 5-point plan that includes
putting TARP funds to work for Main Street by making it available to
provide credit to small business; extending the lifeline of
unemployment benefits, food assistance and COBRA benefits for jobless
workers; rebuilding America's schools, roads and energy systems;
increasing aid to state and local governments to maintain vital
services and prevent the layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police
and putting people to work doing work that needs to be done.
As the AFL-CIO works with Congress and the administration to implement
our five point plan we do not believe that tax credits are the most
effective way to create jobs and should not be the main priority for
spending public funds.
For more information go to www.aflcio.org/createjobs