CWA URGES CLINTON TO RESUBMIT JOB STIMULUS PROPOSALS, DECLARING THAT 'NO JOB GROWTH MEANS NO RECOVERY'
WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "No job growth adds up to a non- recovery," said Communications Workers of America President Morton Bahr in calling on President Clinton to resubmit the elements of his economic stimulus plan to Congress. CWA is prepared to mobilize along with the AFL-CIO and other unions to pressure congressional lawmakers "to break the gridlock and do what the American people demanded in the last election -- create jobs and get this economy moving forward," Bahr declared as CWA completed a national legislative-political conference this week in Washington. Passage of job stimulus programs was a major concern of the 500 CWA grassroots lobbyists -- a concern that was underscored by recent news of 1,000 factory layoffs at AT&T -- as they visited hundreds of congressional offices. "It's clear that consistent 7 percent unemployment and very weak economic growth figures that the Republican filibuster of the president's stimulus package was a tremendous disservice to millions of working families," Bahr declared. "It's time to put partisan political gamesmanship aside and show some concern for sixteen and one-half million Americans who are either jobless or under employed today," he said. He noted that most job creation in recent months has been in lower- paying service jobs and in temporary and part-time employment, while "we continue to lose good paying manufacturing and construction jobs." Bahr cited last week's announcement by AT&T of 1,000 layoffs at its North Andover, Mass., plant, represented by CWA, and declared: "Even in the highly skilled and productive telecommunications industry, supposedly a growth leader for the '90s, we're seeing continued job erosion at a time when Bob Dole and his gridlock gang tell us we're in a recovery and don't need a boost in the economy." Among other issues CWA local activists put before lawmakers was the need for a universal and comprehensive national health care program, strengthening of the right to strike, reform of federal workplace health and safety laws and renegotiation of NAFTA to include job and environmental protections. CWA represents over 600,000 members in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, publishing, health care and public employment. -0- 5/21/93 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller of the Communications Workers of America, 202-434-1172/
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