Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now

December 18, 2008

Amid a worsening economic crisis that has left nearly 2 million Americans without jobs and over 2.5 million more without homes this year, AFSCME and other leading progressive organizations and unions have announced a major national campaign to pass the jobs and economic recovery package being proposed by President-Elect Barack Obama and Congressional Leaders. More than 20 leading progressive organizations and unions with millions of members have signed onto run a major campaign to pass a significant jobs and economic recovery package to create millions of jobs and help the economy grow in the near and long term. To date, the following organizations have signed on to the Campaign for Jobs and Economic Recovery Now: AFSCME, SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, Americans United for Change, USAction, Campaign for America’s Future, ACORN, Health Care for America Now, Sierra Club, People for the American Way Foundation, National Women’s Law Center,, Young Democrats of America, 21st Century Democrats, Community Action Partnership, Institute for Policy Studies – Cities for Progress, Progressive Future, National Priorities Project, Working Group on Extreme Inequality, YWCA USA, Economic Policy Institute, Women Voices, Women Vote and the League of Conservation Voters. AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee will be speaking at today’s press conference announcing the launch of the coalition. Other speakers include Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change, Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Debbie Sease, National Campaign Director, Sierra Club.

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