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White House Official Thanks AFSCME Members for Work

December 05, 2012

Valerie Jarrett speaks with members of the union’s International Executive Board
Valerie Jarrett speaks with members of the union’s International Executive Board. (Photo by Oliver Logghe)

On behalf of President Obama, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett Wednesday thanked AFSCME members for the work they do every day to improve the quality of life in their communities and praised the labor movement as a key force in protecting America's middle-class.

Speaking at a meeting of the AFSCME Executive Board, Jarrett reiterated the Obama Administration's commitment to raising taxes on the wealthiest two percent in order to reduce the country's deficit, and noted that the results of the recent presidential elections weren't just a victory for President Obama, but for the values and principles that he espoused during the campaign.

"It was an honor to be joined by Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett at our meeting today,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said. “She is acutely aware of the challenges that our members face and her recognition of the contribution we make to America every day is appreciated. We look forward to our work with the White House in the days and weeks to come to ensure that our members and all of the working middle class are treated fairly when it comes to taxes, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security."

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