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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

AFSCME, SEIU and NEA Launch Ad Campaign to Protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Education

New poll shows major opposition to cuts to vital services

Washington, DC — 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) today launched an opening set of television ads in Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, and radio ads in Pennsylvania, Alaska and Missouri. The ads are urging Senators and Representatives to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education.

In addition to ads, AFSCME, SEIU and NEA have released results from a public poll that shows a majority of Americans opposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Education in order to balance the budget. A clear majority want neither a “grand bargain” nor cuts to vital services to reduce the budget deficit. More than half of Americans want to see the wealthy pay their fair share so Congress can invest in job creation and protect our national priorities. The poll was conducted by the Mellman Group between November 9-12, 2012.

“We cannot cut our way to job creation, balance the budget at the expense of the middle class, and destroy programs that provide a measure of economic security for millions of Americans,” said Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Federal Government Affairs Director. “Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are bedrock programs for American families, providing retirement income to seniors, keeping millions of Americans healthy and providing health care for the sick and the disabled. We need a balanced approach to the nation’s fiscal challenges which protects the benefits provided by these vital programs, continues the middle class tax cuts, invests in job creation and asks wealthier individuals to pay their fair share. Congress must pull together and pass legislation that protects the American Dream.”

“Elected officials from both parties need to listen to the will of the voters and focus on rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts. We will forcefully oppose any budget deal that puts working families and the economic recovery in jeopardy,” said Peter Colavito, SEIU Director of Government Relations.

“Members of Congress have to ask themselves who should make the bigger sacrifice—America’s school children and middle class families or corporations and wealthy CEOs? Are they looking out to preserve middle class tax cuts for hard working men and women, or tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy?,” said Mary Kusler, NEA Director of Government Relations. “It makes no sense to rob Peter to pay Paul, especially when Peter is a five-year-old who simply is trying to learn in school. It’s short-sighted.”

“Jobs Not Cuts” is the first TV spot that will run in Colorado, Missouri and Virginia. Copies of the ad can be viewed at:

“Can’t Wait” is the first radio spot running in Philadelphia, PA, Anchorage, AK, and Springfield, Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, MO.

The ad can be listened to at:

TV Script – (Note, the Senators’ names vary via state. Colorado, Bennet and Udall, Virginia, Warner and Webb, Missouri, McCaskill)

Announcer: How do we move our country forward and reduce the deficit?

By creating jobs and growing our economy, not by cutting programs that families rely on most.

We need Senators LASTNAME and LASTNAME to continue to stand up for us by

investing in job creation,

extending the middle class tax cuts,

and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and education from cuts.

Because for working families, it’s all about putting Americans back to work, not cutting the things we rely on most

Radio Script – (Note, the Congressman’s names vary via state. Pennsylvania Congressmen Meehan and Fitzpatrick, Alaska at Large, Congressman Young, Missouri Congresswoman Emerson)

Announcer: There’s a debate going on in Washington about the best way to move the country forward and reduce the deficit.

But there’s one thing that both parties can agree on:

We shouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class.

But if Congress fails to act soon, that’s exactly what will happen.

Because if Congress fails to act by the end of the year, everyone’s taxes will automatically go up –

including the ninety-eight percent of Americans who make less than two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year.

Middle class families can’t afford that. And our economy can’t afford that, either.

Congress should act quickly to preserve the middle class tax cuts.

And that will take leaders willing to put people ahead of partisan politics.

Leaders like Congressmen Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick.

Call Congressman/woman XXX and XXX at 888-997-2750 and urge them to preserve the middle class tax cuts.

Because working families can’t wait.

Paid for by AFSCME, NEA and SEIU.

**Note, the 888 number is different for each state