For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
AFSCME’s Saunders: “We Must Pull Together to Rebuild the Middle Class”
Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on President Obama’s State of the Union addressWashington, DC —
“Tonight, President Obama has presented a comprehensive plan to move our country forward, create jobs and protect vital services for millions of Americans. He understands we must move everyone forward, not just the wealthiest 1 and 2 percent. The time for action is now, Congress must stop their partisan posturing and do the job they were sent to Washington to do.
“We stand at a pivotal moment in this country. We can either pull together and rebuild the middle class, strengthen vital services or we can cede more power and wealth to a chosen few. It is up to all of us, to make our voices heard, to stand up for working families, and to demand that those of us who play by the rules and work hard have the same benefits and rights as those who earn millions. AFSCME stands ready to fight for what President Obama laid out tonight, to fight to rebuild and expand the middle class, and to fight for the right for all Americans to achieve the American Dream.”