AFL-CIO president: Workers want Obama to 'go to the mat' for them

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said he hopes President Obama's jobs speech Thursday night will show he is willing to "go to the mat" for workers.

“They [workers] want to see that this president is willing to go to the mat for policies that are going to benefit them, that are going to help create jobs,” said Trumka on ABC's "Top Line" Thursday, just hours before Obama is set to deliver his proposal to a joint session of Congress.

Trumka said he would specifically like to see the federal government invest in infrastructure, give more aid to state and local governments to help stem layoffs and approve an extension of unemployment insurance.

He told "Top Line" that in order to have a successful speech tonight, Obama needs to look like a leader and show American workers he is willing to fight for them.