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For Immediate Release

Friday, November 04, 2011

McEntee: It’s Time for Republicans in Congress to “Occupy Reality”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to employment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor

Washington, DC — 

In the month of October, the unemployment rate showed little movement clocking in at 9 percent down from 9.1 percent in September. The Labor Department says the economy added 80,000 jobs last month, the fewest added in the last four months, and 24,000 government jobs were lost.

“As do-nothing members of Congress continue to shrug their shoulders at the jobs crisis, it’s no wonder that the other 99 percent have come together in a Main Street movement to say ‘enough!’ It’s well past time for Congress to stop playing politics and pass the Jobs Act, and for Wall Street-backed governors across the country – from Ohio to Wisconsin to New York – to end their assault on workers and the American Dream,” said AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.

“Just yesterday, for the third time in four weeks, every single Republican in the Senate voted against putting Americans back to work. It’s time for Republicans to ‘occupy reality’ and accept that the same old trick of paying off millionaire donors at the expense of the rest of us will not fix the economy.”