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Thursday, October 13, 2011

AFSCME Launches New Ad Supporting American Jobs Act

“Podium” to Ask Viewers to Call Congress and Tell Them to Pass American Jobs Act Now

Washington, DC — 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) today announced that a television ad, titled “Podium,” will begin airing in congressional districts across the country.  The 30-second spot is the second advertisement in support of enactment of a robust jobs plan.  The ad urges residents to call their members of Congress and tell them to pass the American Jobs Act.

“Despite this week’s vote in the Senate, millions of Americans are still out of work, the middle class is still under attack, and the corporate-backed politicians don’t have a plan to create jobs,” stated AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.  “Americans are reclaiming their voice in a Main Street Movement that spans from Madison to Columbus to New York to cities across the nation. Washington can help them by passing the American Jobs Act now.”

“Podium” will begin airing Oct. 13, in 8 states and 10 media markets across the country.  A separate radio advertisement will also run in select states.  “What if middle-class families were finally given the podium so that politicians finally listen to us instead of fighting for millionaires and corporations,” opens the ad while, “We all need to tell Congress to pass the American Jobs Act Now,” is the tag line at the conclusion. 

 “This country is in the throes of one of the worst financial crises in this country’s history while corporate-backed politicians, including Republican leaders in Congress, play partisan politics while letting the working middle class suffer.  This Main Street Movement will keep marching until Americans are put back to work,” stated AFSCME Sec.–Treas. Lee Saunders.