October 11, 2011
"While the country is suffering from consistent and grinding joblessness, it is an outrage that a group of senators voted against a bill that would put teachers, cops, firefighters and construction workers back to work."
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
Responding to Senate 'No' Vote on Cloture for the American Jobs Act
WASHINGTON—While the country is suffering from consistent and grinding joblessness, it is an outrage that a group of senators voted against a bill that would put teachers, cops, firefighters and construction workers back to work.
While the majority of the Senate voted for cloture, those who voted no will have to explain why they voted against a bill asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share in order to create 1.9 million jobs at a time when there is a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.
The American Jobs Act would save 280,000 educator jobs, modernize and repair 35,000 schools, create jobs for hundreds of thousands of construction workers, provide additional help to the long-term unemployed, and invest in programs to provide disadvantaged youth and young adults with employment opportunities. These are not radical ideas; they are real solutions to get Americans back to work doing the work that needs to be done.
This fight is far from over. There is growing social unrest and discontent in this country, and those at the Oct. 15 March and Rally for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., will give voice to the millions who want to reclaim our economy, create fairness and put our country before partisan politics.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.