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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks at a 2010 rally against Arizona's anti-immigrant SB 1070.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is not liking the shape of Monday's congressional deal-making.
its not a good #fiscalcliff deal if it gives more tax cuts to 2 percent and sets the stage for more hostage taking
@RichardTrumka via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Rs #fiscalcliff doublethink: fiscal crisis demands cuts in services, no investment in jobs but allows more tax cuts for richest Americans
@RichardTrumka via Twitter for BlackBerry®
Sam Stein reports:
"We are very concerned about a situation which seems like we have a couple hundred billion of dollars of concessions made on one hand—some of which will be permanent—and on the other hand, we are going into a further and further round of fake fiscal crisis—the debt ceiling, the sequester—in which we are going to hear, of course, from the same fiscal hypocrites that we have to cut this and that," the official said. "We just gave away $300 to $400 billion [by giving in on the tax rate threshold]. If we had an actual fiscal crisis, that would be the first place to look for the money."

The official said that the AFL-CIO wasn't formally urging lawmakers to oppose the deal—at least not until more details about the bill were known.

"We are throwing cold water on the kind of drift that we felt this afternoon," the official explained. "This really troubles us."

For context, full-blown formal AFL-CIO opposition to a deal would require input from the labor federation's executive council. Trumka's tweets may offer the direction that input might be likely to go, based on the principles the AFL-CIO has pushed for throughout, and we can hope that some additional congressional Democrats will take the cue and stand against a bad deal.
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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:25 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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