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Aug252011

Trumka Tells Obama to Stop 'Nibbling Around the Edge' on Jobs

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- AFL/CIO President Richard Trumka on Thursday 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 he 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.

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