AFL- CIO boss Richard Trumka made an appearance at the Center for National Policy Wednesday to give praise to Obama and speak about the steps the organization would be taking to making sure he gets re-elected.
Trumka credited Obama for saving the American auto industry claiming Obama’s “been willing to make the decisions to revive the American manufacturing, and the toughest and most important decision that President Obama made was to save the American auto industry from the disastrous Wall Street reaction that led to the collapse of a financial system in 2008.”
Trumka then claimed “that those companies are now growing, they’re hiring and most important they’re moving into the technology in key areas like plugged in hybrid or electric hybrid, and the fact the Ford, Chrysler and General Motors are alive and prospering today.” Trumka did not mention that General Motors and the old Chrysler have not paid back all the money they have received from the U.S. government.
Although the AFL-CIO recently created it’s own Super PAC, Trumka criticized Citizens United, saying it “allows money to pollute the Democratic system in unheard of amounts.”
Trumka explained AFL-CIO’s new Super PAC’s plan was to make sure Obama and other “progressive candidates get elected.” Trumka said that they would be talking to non-union workers in addition to union workers.
“We’re going to be out on the ground and our goal is to have 400,000 volunteer this year on the ground this year talking to people door to door,” he said.
One of the main concerns of the AFL-CIO this election is to advocate for more healthcare reform.
“We’re the richest country on the face of the earth at our most rich point of time and yet were told that we can’t afford healthcare and pensions when the rest of the world’s figured this out we cant do it,” Trumka said. “I don’t think we’re that dumb.”
The AFL-CIO has decided that in this election season they would do things differently. Instead of being finished once election day is over, they have set up permanent structures, which will stay in effect after Election Day. At that time the AFL-CIO plans to shift from advocacy to accountability to“make sure the people that they elected don’t get amnesia and forget about creating jobs, we’ll remind them.”