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Friday, October 07, 2011

AFSCME's McEntee: “Politicians Who Block Jobs Will be Out of Work Come November 2012”

Washington, DC — 

Gerald W. McEntee, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME) issued the following statement today in response to employment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.  In the month of September, the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1% while 33,000 state and local government workers lost their jobs.

“Today’s jobs numbers make every hard working American family feel like they’re Bill Murray in Groundhog Day,” said AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee.  “These numbers should be a wake-up call to politicians around the country, especially those that are blocking the American Jobs Act.  Job creation is the key to the future of your career; continue the partisan games and come November 2012, you’ll be on the unemployment line.”

“We see the frustration in the hearts and minds of Americans across this country.  The main street movement that started in Madison WI has moved to Manhattan, DC, Boston and other cities. Hundreds of thousands of frustrated Americans are occupying cities and taking to podiums across this country and they’re all saying ‘enough’! Enough with the give-aways and tax breaks to the richest 1% and enough with the political gamesmanship. It’s time to put more Americans back to work now.”

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