In an an interview with the Milwaukee Express, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says that after endorsing President Obama in two election and spending to back his presidential bids, he’s still not convinced the president has his back:
With those allies, the AFL-CIO toiled passionately to re-elect President Obama. Trumka is gratified that the president is pushing hard for immigration reform and appreciated the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which he calls “exciting because we got something done.”
Yet “every time [Obama] talks about the deficit instead of job creation, we find that disappointing. We think it’s a strategic mistake because the country doesn’t have a short-term deficit problem; it has a short-term jobs crisis that needs to be fixed. Every time he talks about chained CPI that’s a very, very big disappointment because it’s the wrong [policy] at the wrong time.”
So on Obama, “the jury is still out,” Trumka concludes. “We’re going to push him for four years and hopefully he will live up to the ideals that he has espoused to us on numerous occasions—and that I quite frankly believe that he believes.
“So we’ve got to make them a reality. And some of that is up to us. And if we don’t—if we expect them to just magically appear from this president or any other president—we will be disappointed.”