During the Presidents State of the Union address, the President hit on three key issues for labor. The need to stop Sequestration, Fix it First campaign and raising the minimum wage.
Those who understand what sequestration is and what it would do to our country are sitting on the edges of our seats to see if anyone in Washington can stop it. Sequestration is the automatic budget cuts that economist say would immediately send our economy back into recession, and force millions out of work.
“These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, and energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as the sequester, are a really bad idea. “
There have been many different solutions being offered on Capitol Hill. Some say, ‘let the cuts happen’ and force the austerity the radical right want. Other say we need to make dramatic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The good thing is that the President agrees with us that we need to protect Social Security and Medicare.