Coalition of labor unions launch second major fiscal cliff ad campaign
December 7th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
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Coalition of labor unions launch second major fiscal cliff ad campaign

Washington (CNN) - Three major labor unions are launching a second major wave of ads Friday aimed at protecting entitlement and education programs from substantial cuts in any deal to avert the automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled for the first of the year, CNN has learned.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the National Education Association will air ads in Virginia, Missouri, Ohio and Montana, trying to make sure any deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" protects union priorities.

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The new ads say: "If the politicians in Washington negotiate a bad deal on the budget and deficit, what do you think will happen to Medicare and Medicaid benefits? And to our coverage? Cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid will short-change the people who need it most. So if you don't want seniors to come up empty, call (name of member of Congress inserted) and tell him/her don't make a bad deal that cuts our care."

The spots are aimed at influencing Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Republican U.S. Reps. Denny Rehberg of Montana and Pat Tiberi of Ohio.

A source close to labor calls this buy, which exceeds $500,000, "significant" and is more than was spent on the first advertising campaign last month.

These unions, along with the AFL-CIO, have sponsored call-in efforts to Congress in the last few weeks, lobbying them on the issue. They are now planning "a national day of action" for Monday that will involve what organizers say will be efforts across the nation lobbying members of Congress.

"The formula for success to meet the important series of deadlines in Congress is simple: protect the very foundation of financial security hardworking Americans depend upon, and ask the wealthiest 2% to pay their fair share of taxes," Chuck Loveless, AFSCME's federal government affairs director, said in a statement. "Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid would put the well-being of millions of families and children at stake. Congress needs to pull together and pass a deal for all Americans, protect vital services and put us further down the path to prosperity."


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  1. fernace

    We are all aware that letting W's taxbreaks for the upper 2% will not generate enough $$ by itself, to offset the deficit, but going after SS, Medicare/Aid will hurt so many people, it would almost be better to expire taxcuts on all of us & leave those programs alone! The GOT-Party has consistently been trying to exchange the taxcuts for cuts in safetynet programs, even though they must know the effect that will have on real humans who depend on them! It may look like a viable solution on paper, but the reality would be as, if not more, devastating than a recession! Imagine eldery w/no means to support themselves or sick people w/no medications or medical care! Many stay productive because of that kind of care! If the programs are going broke it's due to mismanagement of funds, because most of us pay for them & often for 30–40 years! The GOT-Party needs to rethink this very bad proposal! Also, many people hate unions, because they don't know the history of Before unions, when workers had No Rights!!

    December 7, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Labor unions are so self centered, and so unpatriotic, no one should be listening to anything they say! They are one of the factors that are destroying jobs in America.

    December 7, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Fernace, it's unfortunate, but I'm afraid your right about the middle-class tax cuts expiring. It's certainly a better option than having the GOPhers destroy SS and Medicare. They won't let this President have a tax rate increase on the wealthy AND keeping the 4.2 payroll rate for the rest of us. The good news is that the President appears to be standing firm on the tax rate hike - the very modest 2% tax rate hike - for the rich. Bottom line is I'd rather pay now than wake up one morning someday without Medicare.

    December 7, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Wilson

    Unions are, and always have been, a front for the Mafia. Does the name Jimmy Hoffa ring any bells? It is past time for the unions to go away and take away the income generated for the Mafia from their mandatory "dues."

    December 7, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Darryl

    The strongest economy the U.S. has ever had was when the people of this country worked for union work places. Thats what made this country have the strongest working class, middle class and pulled the poor out of poverty an into the working force period. People have a right to fair wages, safe working conditions, paid overtime, vacation pay, sick leave, benefits, medical, dental, vision, ect. The Corporations now a days want to open bussinesses with no restrictions period. Cheap labor, NO regulation and pay the employees whatever they decide their worth. It's all about greed these days and not the country they open their businesses in. Big Corporations will continue to try and dominate the world power and control who runs the country so the only ones who reap the benifits of a sucessful life will be thoese at the TOP of the bussiness world. Money and Control are the most powerful weapons here in the U.S. That being said, They will have the ability to decide what kind of society is acceptable how to control it. Thats what they tried to to with this last election. Mitt Romney was a Wallstreet, Banker CEO. Wallstreet will continue to take control unless the people of this country stay aware and keep them regulated and watched very carefully. Thank goodness the people of this country stopped Mr. Romney from becoming the POTUS and giving ALL the power of this country to the Big Money people of this coutry to control.

    December 7, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Well, there is one good thing about "Citizens United". It seems to have stimulated the adverstising and marketing industries.

    December 7, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |