Citizens Call on Representatives to Pass Jobs Act NOW!

by Clyde Weiss  |  September 29, 2011

American workers at events across the country this week urged their elected congressional representatives to quickly pass The American Jobs Act, President Barack Obama’s plan to put Americans back to work.

“It is time to rebuild the economy for those who have been under attack for decades – the middle class,” said Nellie Rosales, a worker at New Mexico State University and a founding member of AFSCME Local 2393 (Council 18).“The American Jobs Act will help put unemployed Las Cruces residents back to work, rebuilding our roads, bridges and schools.  It’s time to get this country back on track, where hard work and responsibility are embraced.”

Rosales was among the Council 18 members in Las Cruces who participated in a rally Thursday outside the office of Rep. Steve Pearce (R). Also on Thursday, AFSCME Council 38 members in Arkansas held a workers’ rally on the courthouse steps in Jonesboro, calling on Rep. Rick Crawford (R) to vote for the American Jobs Act.

On Friday, Council 79 AFSCME members in Florida planned to hold a press conference at the structurally deficient Newnan St. Bridge in Jacksonville, urging Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R) to support the bill.

Earlier this week, members of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania held a press conference at the structurally deficient Washington Avenue bridge in Newtown, where they urged Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R) to pass the jobs bill. They also gathered outside of Rep. Lou Barletta’s (R) town hall meeting in West Hazleton to protest his politics-before-jobs approach. AFSCME members held similar protests in Boynton Beach, Fla., targeting Rep. Allen West (R). In Winter Garden, Rep. Daniel Webster (R) was the target.

The American Jobs Act, which President Obama sent to Congress on Sept. 12, will help reduce the nation’s staggering 9.1 percent unemployment rate, which was even higher in 20 states this summer.

It will keep that rate from growing even higher by preventing the layoff of up to 280,000 teachers, plus thousands of first responders, construction workers and public service workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Americans need to get back to work, and by passing the jobs bill, we will tackle  the nation’s critical infrastructure needs as well, including the modernization of at least 35,000 public schools and a $50 billion investment in roads, rail, airports and waterways.

AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee says President Obama “realizes that economic recovery is dependent upon both public and private sector growth and closing the Texas-sized tax loopholes to make Wall Street fat-cats pay their fair share is better than laying off nurses, teachers and firefighters.”

Read more about how The American Jobs Act will help restore the nation’s economic vitality here.

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