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Union Radio Show Spotlights Sequester as Working Families Call for Repeal

As part of  Wednesday’s national day of action to repeal the sequester, “Building Unions,” a weekly radio show from the Connecticut AFL-CIO and Greater Hartford Labor Council will discuss sequestration, its impact on working families and the drive to repeal the across-the-board budget cuts.

The show airs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WATR 1320 AM. Click on the “Listen Live” button to stream the show that will feature Connecticut AFL-CIO President John Olsen, labor council President Peggy Buchanan and members of AFGE, AFT and the Machinists (IAM).

The sequester’s across-the-board cuts will cost more than 750,000 jobs this year alone and could derail the economic recovery Republicans are using as leverage to get their way in Congress. They want to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare benefits and gut essential services working people depend on, while protecting tax breaks for Wall Street and the richest 2%. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says:

Republican hostage-takers are demanding devastating budget cuts that slash more jobs and funding for the very programs working families need to get back on their feet. Republicans continue manufacturing crises to get their way, but we cannot afford to give in to their ransom demands and risk harming our still fragile economy. Working people across the country have sacrificed enough in the form of lost jobs and furloughed pay. It’s time for Congress to demand that corporations and the richest 2% pay their fair share. Congress created the sequester, and they can make it go away.

Join working families for a national day of more than 100 actions at congressional offices and in our communities.

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