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September 5th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

Union members to 'March for Jobs' in Pittsburg today

More than 70,000 people are expected to march in a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh today geared at bringing a special focus on jobs and the unemployed. It's dubbed the "March for Jobs."

Organizers have made it clear that any politicians who are hostile to the labor movement are not welcome at the event and will be turned away.

This morning on American Morning, Allegeny County President of the AFL-CIO Jack Shea and Jim Bonner, an unemployed transit worker attending the march, explain what they think needs to happen to get Americans back to work.


Filed under: Jobs • Labor Day
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  1. Lou

    Unions are necessary in larger corporations and municipalities. They insure a balance in employee financial stability. Moreover, unions insure the market is there for expensive American manufactured products with job security. A desirable American car cost $40,000. Yes, unions are very important, particularly, with the realistic unemployment level at 15%. Tax dollars are dangerously down. Rebuilding our country is like renovating a house. You don’t know for sure until you look into the structure. We have a serious case of termites left by past administrations. I don’t see the GOP helping with pest control. They appear to be feeding the termites in an effort to gain political control.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  2. BBKing

    Remember when teachers, public employees and unions crashed the stock market, took trillions in TARP money, spilled a load of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, wiped out half of our 401ks, gave them selves billions in bonuses and payed no taxes? Yeah...me neither.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  3. Lawrence J. Carmalt Sr.

    Corporate America has cost the United States many millions of manufacturing jobs due to the export of our jobs overseas. The latest use of foreign competition taking our jobs has been the cancellation of the Space Shuttle. Now Russia and other countries are going to launch our astronauts into space, but back to the problem at hand. Jobs. Corporate America has caused the loss of jobs because they can get products made in foreign countries for many dollars less than our minimum wage. Now they don't want the working class and the poor to pay for the operatio9n of our country, but just think: Where is the most money in America. It seems that 5% of the population controls 90% of the wealth and 95% control the remaining 10%. Now when the tax dollars are slim due to the loss of jobs corporate America doesn't want to step up to the plate. The budget crisis attitude of the Republican party was no more taxes on the wealthy. Why not? They are the ones who can afford it and truthfully they would never miss it. After all they wouldn't have made such riches if it were not for the laws of this land and the American consumer, who by the way is getting more and more extinct.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  4. Joe Mathews

    Unions help all American workers. They are the only voice working people have. Without a Union, all working men and women MUST accept conditions set by corporate America. Corporate America does not want workers to Unionize because they enjoy this complete control of wages and benefits. Individually, working people cannot directly influence the polical landscape either. Only organized labor will speek for all workers not just Union members. I'm not a Union member, but I understand the need for more Union involvement in workers rights. The only reason any non-union person makes above minimum wage is because a union is fighting for them; whether they realize it or not.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:35 am |