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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on June Jobs Report

For America’s working people, the economy is simply not delivering right now. The trend of slow job growth is both frustrating and heartbreaking. The economy added only 80,000 net new jobs last month – not nearly enough to bring unemployment down and fuel a robust recovery.

Republicans in Congress have responded to a massive jobs shortage and weak economy with obstructionism and dishonesty. They have repeatedly blocked public investment that would create jobs and spur growth, including President Obama’s American Jobs Act. They have held up countless necessary bills, including relief for student loans, by insisting on yet more tax cuts for the richest one percent and preserving existing tax breaks for outsourcers. They push a politics of austerity, which here and in Europe is strangling our economy.

Republican priorities are more tax cuts for the richest one percent and more layoffs for teachers and firefighters. The cruel reality is Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress are willing to sabotage the recovery in the hope of scoring political points against the President.

Cutting back on policies that provide relief for millions of working families is not just bad policy, it’s immoral. Working people are willing to take the lead to get our economy back on track, but they need our policymakers to do their part. By investing in jobs, reconnecting wages to productivity growth and ending policies that ship jobs overseas, we can turn things around. The labor movement is committed to pushing for these deeper changes and reforms that bring us together and make America strong.

Contact: Josh Goldstein (202) 637-5018

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