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Local Union Leaders Call On Lieberman To Support Obama Jobs Plan

by Christine Stuart | Oct 7, 2011 5:30am
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Jim Amato, president of AFSCME Local 1186, and Tom Swan, executive director of Connecticut Citizens Action Group

In addition to President Barack Obama, a Connecticut union is putting pressure on U.S. Senators to take up his jobs plan.

Local union members, advocates, and local elected officials gathered Thursday outside New Britain High School to call on U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman to vote for the American Jobs Act.

“We need to get our economy moving again and the best way we can do that is by creating jobs,” Susan Truglio, president of the New Britain Federation of Teachers, said. “The American Jobs Act will do just that by putting educators back into our classrooms and millions of others back to work, put more money in the pockets of working Americans, help small businesses expand and grow, and rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, including our public schools.”

Truglio estimated that Obama’s jobs plan would put 280,000 teachers laid off by state budget cuts, first responders, veterans, and construction workers back to work.

Lieberman was unavailable for comment, but one of his staffers said he would vote to proceed with the bill, but was skeptical of some of the proposals, including the tax increases.

“The time for political games is over,“ Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4 AFSCME, said. “Senator Lieberman should work together with the President to pass the American Jobs Act and get Connecticut’s economy moving again.”

Luciano’s national organization has been fighting in favor of the legislation. It launched a web page and Facebook page in support of it.

The web page offers a Ustream feed of the bill sitting on a desk. Underneath the video it says: “House GOP leader Eric Cantor says the American Jobs Act is dead on arrival. Our live webcam shows he’s wrong — the bill isn’t dead, it’s just not moving.”

Senate Democratic leadership met with the White House on Thursday to go over their strategy for how to proceed with a vote.

According to Politico , Republicans are opposed to the tax increases and spending in the plan and despite the slight Democratic majority in the Senate the GOP is well-positioned to block it since 60 votes are needed to break a filibuster. Democrats only have 53-members in their caucus.

“We call on Senator Lieberman to do the right thing and join the rest of the Connecticut delegation in calling for the passage of the president’s jobs plan as a down payment to putting America back to work,” Tom Swan, executive director of Connecticut Citizens Action Group, said.

The rally Thursday in support of the president’s plan was the first in Connecticut.

“We will work to ensure that our Congressmen and Senators hear from us and put America back to work,” Jim Amato, president of AFSCME Local 1186, said.

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posted by: ASTANVET | October 10, 2011  8:38am

WAIT - STOP THE PRESSES!!  the unions are asking to support President Obama??? NO FREAKIN WAY!

posted by: Careful | October 10, 2011  1:14pm

ASTANVET: Yes, Pres. Obama and his disciple, Gov. Malloy—- ARE UNION MEN—for the votes they derive from the association!

posted by: Careful | October 10, 2011  1:25pm

Sen. Lieberman may like the jobs bill, but the Democratic Congress—does not. WHY AM I DENIED A COMMENT?

posted by: Disgruntled | October 10, 2011  3:06pm

I was wondering when our “highly skilled” Nutmeg Queen would land something,and sure enough…surprise,surprise,
In these hard times some folks have no problem landing on their feet. The Greater Hartford Arts Council will now have the governors wife as CEO.
She worked for the local mall. Then jumped to a cush job running a rape crisis center for $85K that had less than $500,000 in revenue,mostly from grants. Now,all things being equal in an otherwise unequal world,we have to assume she makes as much as Kenneth Kahn did when he left a few years ago—$173,992 and will oversee revenues in the $5M range. And if you think she is qualified,I am certain that you will believe this line:

Shirley Payne, the council’s president, said Malloy was hired for “the strength of her experience and her resume,” when asked if being the first lady played a role in her hiring.

All the little people get to hope for Obama jobs at $10 per hour. The rest of the “ruling class” create jobs for themselves and their kin!

posted by: Disgruntled | October 10, 2011  5:31pm

To add to my previous comment about creative job making…She clearly has been vetted my great and impartial legal minds like Andrew::

“Obviously she has dedicated her professional life to not-for-profit organizations and has tremendous expertise in that area,” McDonald said. “One of the things that we were concerned about was to ensure any employment opportunity that presented itself would conform to her obligations under the state Code of Ethics as well. So as the spouse of the governor, the Code of Ethics applies to her. So we wanted to make sure that both she and any potential employer understood the ground rules of any employment opportunity .”

I sure wish my working life could be a high paying work of fiction in progress,like hers!