For Immediate Release
Eddie Vale (202) 637-5018
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Recommendation of the Deficit Commission Chairs
WASHINGTON - The chairmen of the Deficit Commission just told working Americans to
'Drop Dead.' Especially in these tough economic times, it is
unconscionable to be proposing cuts to the critical economic lifelines
for working people, Social Security and Medicare.
Some people are saying this plan is just a "starting point." Let me be clear, it is not.
This deficit talk reeks of rank hypocrisy: The very people who want
to slash Social Security and Medicare spent this week clamoring for
more unpaid Bush tax cuts for millionaires.
What we need to be focusing on now is the jobs deficit. Working
families already paid for Wall Street's party that tanked our economy.
If we actually want to address our economic problems, we need to end tax
breaks that send American jobs overseas and invest in creating jobs by
rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and green technologies.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers-and more.