ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports:
AFL/CIO President Richard Trumka today urged President Obama to put forth “bold solutions” to the nation’s unemployment crisis in his post-Labor Day jobs speech, warning of political peril if he’s seen as merely “nibbling around the edge” of the issue.
“History will judge him and I think working people will judge him,” Trumka told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, according to video of the event.
Trumka said Obama made a “strategic mistake” in trying to address both the unemployment situation and deficit crisis at the same time over recent weeks and must now focus solely and aggressively on creating jobs.
“We do not have a short term deficit crisis. It does not exist,” Trumka said. “We have a short term jobs crisis. And if you fix the job crisis the deficit crisis goes away.”
Trumka has been a frequent critic of Obama’s handling of the economic crisis, and insisted that organized labor will not automatically support the president or congressional Democrats come election day if they do not more aggressively act on their behalf.
AFL-CIO took steps this week to form a new “super” PAC which leaders say will allow the group to more forcefully and independently support favored candidates by raising and spending unlimited funds.