Monday, January 26, 2009

Make America Work. Again

Tens of thousands of new layoffs were announced today, and more companies are expected to cut payrolls in the months ahead. This recession, which started in December 2007, and is expected to stretch into this year, has been a job killer. The economy lost 2.6 million jobs last year, the most since 1945. The unemployment rate jumped to 7.2% in December, the highest in 16 years, and is expected to keep climbing.

This week, Congress begins to vote on the President's economic recovery plan. That's why AFSCME has launched the "Make America Happen" campaign to support President Obama's agenda to get our country back on track.

As public service workers, AFSCME members know first hand the severity of the economic crisis. But with President Barack Obama in the White House and a new Congress in place, things can change for the better—if we all do our part.

As President Obama said in his inaugural address: "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it workswhether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified."

Do you agree? If so, sign the petition calling for bold action to create jobs and jumpstart the economy, make quality health care affordable and strengthen the middle class.

You can read more about our AFSCME campaign at

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