Trumka launches push for jobs measures to help ‘the 99 percent’

The AFL-CIO announced Wednesday that it will launch a nationwide campaign next week to urge lawmakers to vote for job-creation programs.

On a conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited the rhetoric of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, saying people are angry about the struggling economy and want to get back to work.

“We have an economy and a political process that isn’t serving the 99 percent,” Trumka said. “America truly does want to work and working people are ready to make that happen.”

The campaign by the nation’s largest labor federation will kick off Monday with hundreds of events across the country. The effort will support President Obama’s American Jobs Act, a $447 billion proposal that will fund rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure, modernizing schools and aid to local and state governments.

In addition, the campaign will call for taxes to rise on America’s wealthiest to help pay for the job-creation measures.

“We must make decisions to help the 99 percent of people by asking the top 1 percent to pay their fair share,” Trumka said.

Trumka said workers will not ease pressure on lawmakers to move on unions’ jobs agenda.

“They are not going to go away,” said the labor leader.