Former Alliance President George Kourpias said this winter, "We cannot have a solid, stable retirement unless we have a solid, stable middle class." (Download Full statement)
Kourpias' sentiments apply to the current economic and job crisis in America.
Today new AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke at the Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) “Spotlight on Jobs” conference.
Trumka pointed out that "Over a period when we needed to create 2 million jobs just to keep up with population growth, we have lost more than 8 million jobs. That’s more than 10 million jobs in the hole since the recession began in 2007. And we have not yet hit bottom."
He laid out the AFL-CIO's 5-point plan for creating and saving at least 2 million jobs over the next year. This plan includes:
- Extending unemployment benefits, food assistance and health care for the unemployed
- Putting America to work on our broken infrastructure
- Boosting aid to state and local governments to maintain vital services & prevent more layoffs
- Dirctly creating jobs that put people to work in communities meeting pressing needs
- Putting TARP funds to work for Main Street