WASHINGTON, DC–(ENEWSPF)–November 9, 2012. After President Obama laid out his plan to avoid the impending “fiscal cliff,” Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:
“In the wake of President’s re-election, his call for bipartisan solutions to our nation’s economic challenges is the right approach. On Tuesday, voters made clear that they want our leaders to rebuild a vibrant middle class, create more good jobs and ensure our policies reflect the core American value that we are all in this together.
“The President was absolutely right when he said that jobs and economic growth must be the first priority when Congress comes back to Washington. His call to extend tax cuts to the middle class right now is also the right approach to keep our economy moving. However, we must be mindful of the sacrifices that some will propose to reach these goals.
“With that in mind, SEIU stands ready to work with policymakers, Democrats and Republicans, who want to rebuild the middle class as the key to reducing the deficit and protect the core safety net, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that millions of Americans depend on. We also stand ready to oppose policymakers from either party who call for deep, job-killing spending cuts and more tax breaks for the rich as the solution to our economic challenges.
“As the President said, we cannot cut our way to prosperity. But we can thrive again by investing in jobs first. We urge both the President and Congress to reach an agreement that strengthens the middle class by protecting Medicaid, Medicare and vital services, investing in jobs and ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.”
With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers–not just corporations and CEOs–benefit from today’s global economy.