The 1.6 Million-Member American Federation Of State, County & Municipal Employees Endorses President Obama For Re-Election/Says AFSCME President McEntee: “Obama Is The ‘Only Choice’ For The Ninety-Nine-Percent”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union announced today (Tuesday, December 6th) its endorsement of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
“President Obama is the ‘only choice’ for the ninety-nine-percent. We must put people back to work, make the one-percent pay their fair share and protect Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. President Obama will stand up for Working Families,” said AFSCME President Gerald McEntee after the Union’s International Executive Board passed a resolution of endorsement. “Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have a prescription for the U.S. economy that was written by the same corporate interests that got us into this mess in the first place. We’ve all seen the depths the right-wing extremist governors will go to at the expense of Working Families, and we certainly don’t need that type of leadership in the White House. The GOP candidates just don’t ‘get it,’ they are out of touch with reality. We believe that American voters are smarter than that and will say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to their one-percent agenda and work to re-elect President Obama to a second term.”
AFSCME’s Executive Board will now begin an extensive conversation with Union Members and non-members nationwide. In 2008, AFSCME launched a one-of-a-kind nationwide effort to elect President Obama. AFSCME recruited more than 40,000 activists, made more than six million calls to its Union Members and deployed hundreds of staff to 17 key battleground States to ensure a victory.
“It’s unbelievable the GOP leadership and presidential candidates are so eager to protect the Bush Tax Breaks for millionaires that they are willing to cut off benefits for the long-term unemployed and repeal a payroll tax cut,” added Michael Ebersole, a Highway Maintenance Technician for the Florida Department of Transportation and Local 3106 AFSCME Member. “President Obama’s call to invest in innovation and infrastructure that will put people back to work today and build a strong foundation for the future is what this country needs. I intend to work day and night to ensure this president gets a second term.”
AFSCME's 1.6 million Members provide the vital services that make America happen. With AFSCME Members in hundreds of different occupations - from Nurses to Corrections Officers, Child Care Providers to Sanitation Workers - AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all Working Families.