Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Encourages All to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision of Civil Rights and Economic and Social Justice (Good Jobs) For All Americans

Jan 15, 2010, 11:00 ET from Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bill George today called for more energy and activism by all in 2010 to come closer to fulfilling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of economic and social justice for all.

"Dr. King's vision included not only civil rights but also economic and social justice for all Americans – a vision that is far from fulfilled. We can step closer to reaching that goal by making jobs the top priority for Pennsylvania this year," Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bill George declared.  "We can make real progress in climbing out of this recession in 2010 if we stand together under the banner of Jobs Now!"

"We may have avoided a depression due in large part to the economic stimulus policies of the Obama Administration and the activism of workers across this state and nation in 2009.  But additional major public investments – government spending – and greater activism are needed in 2010 as proposed by the President and the Labor Movement to fight the worst recession in over 25 years.  We can climb out of this recession by working together, putting people back to work, and leaving no one behind," George said.  

Additional public investments and activism by government and workers in our economy are needed to: restore confidence, promote business growth, rebuild our economy and create good jobs.  Across Pennsylvania there is work that needs to be done: repairing and modernizing our infrastructure; classrooms and workplaces; training and skills upgrades; caring for the sick, the disabled, and elderly citizens; and improving the quality of life of our neighborhoods and our communities.

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO