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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:37 PM

Labor chief Trumka: “We won’t be taken for granted” (Repubs Get On Board Or On Path To Oblivion)

Source: Salon

Labor chief Richard Trumka: “We won’t be taken for granted”
The AFL-CIO president talks Obama's win, the struggles ahead, and the movement's evolving political role
BY JOSH EIDELSON


As Tuesday’s results rolled in, labor leaders were quick to claim a mandate for progressive governance, including greater stimulus, taxes on the rich rather than “entitlement” cuts, and immigration reform. On the latter, said Trumka, Republicans “either get on board or they are on the path to oblivion.”


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"A pretty clear message came out of that election yesterday," said Trumka: Voters "rejected Romney-Ryan economics," showed "that we should start making the wealthy start pay their fair share," and "rejected the notion that we should bring down the deficit at all costs." In exit polling released by the AFL-CIO Wednesday, "reduce spending on Medicare and Social Security to bring down the budget deficit" drew support from just 18 percent of voters nationwide.

"If any bipartisan deal includes cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, or extends the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent," Trumka pledged, "we will oppose it." Asked about "chained CPI"—a way to slow Social Security’s growth that Sen. Bernie Sanders has warned could be part of a bipartisan deal—Trumka said, "That is definitely a cut to Social Security benefits."

Read more: As Tuesday’s results rolled in, labor leaders were quick to claim a mandate for progressive governance, including greater stimulus, taxes on the rich rather than “entitlement” cuts, and immigration reform. On the latter, said Trumka, Republicans “either get on board or they are on the path to oblivion.”

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:53 PM

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:08 PM

2. This needs to be repeated by everyone on our side

so that we can help the elected democrats grow a pair and a spine.

No surrender! We hold all the cards.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:57 PM

3. K&R

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 05:58 PM

4. A vigorous and prosperous middle class makes for a stronger nation than a wealth blouted super-rich

top end of the income catagories.

We need healthy and robust unions, and the spending power where it will best drive the economy and make it what it should be.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:12 PM

5. Rachel just ran this article and graphic on her show


Way to go Josh Eidelson!!!



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