Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Jobs, April 5, 2012

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 5, 2012.

As we await tomorrow’s jobs report and hope for sustained improvement, let’s not lose sight of the current reality: far too many men and women who want to work still cannot find good jobs. Their reality, as they search for work, is struggling to pay bills, do something a little extra for the holidays, afford college for their kids and simply get by. Republican leaders should focus on that reality, not boast about firing people.
We believe America can continue to be the greatest nation on earth. But we simply cannot afford to double down on the failed economic policies that caused the Great Recession, which is what the budget plan passed by the Republican House majority would do. When tomorrow’s jobs numbers come out, Paul Ryan should answer to how he justifies slashing Social Security and Medicare at a time when we instead need to build a strong middle class. Our priority must be making sure that everyone who wants to work can get a job and on investing in our future, from infrastructure to education to retirement security and more. Reconnecting wages to productivity growth and restoring tax fairness are key to sustained recovery and shared prosperity. This is the policy agenda that the right wing Congress continues to block.