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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Main Street Movement Goes from Madison to Manhattan

AFSCME’s McEntee and Saunders: “From Wisconsin to New York, Working Families Say Rebuilding Main Street Should be Priority # 1”

Washington, DC — 

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.-Treas. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today:

“What has been happening on Wall Street for the past two weeks is a Main Street Movement in the spirit of the protests in Madison, Wis., seven months ago. Just as a message was sent to politicians in Wisconsin, a clear message is now being sent to Wall Street: Priority # 1 should be rebuilding Main Street, not fueling the power of corporate CEOs and their marionette politicians.

“We stand in solidarity with those protesting Wall Street’s greed. The economy that has wrecked so many lives, obliterated jobs, and left millions of Americans homeless and hopeless is the fault of banks that gamble with our future. Their reckless pursuit of profits, at the expense of working families’ pursuit of the American dream, must come to an end.”

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