Los Angeles (August 16, 2010) — Members and staff of Screen Actors Guild were among thousands who rallied at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday urging congress to support programs that would create jobs. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were among the elected officials and labor leaders who spoke at the rally. Union members joined together to send a strong message: “Paychecks Pay the Bills.”
With the third highest jobless rate in the country and a towering budget deficit, California needs leaders who can create and save jobs, not just spout ”more of the same corporate bull,” Trumka told the crowd. “How are we going to rebuild America? With jobs! Who’s going to rebuild America? Working people with jobs!”
"We're calling for what everybody talks about but very few elected officials are actually acting on, and that is the creation of jobs," said Maria Elena Durazo, executive director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. "It's the only way that we're going to get out of this terrible economy – by putting people back to work." Durazo called for "good, middle class jobs" and advocated against outsourcing.
"Look at Wall Street," Durazo said. "They're back to making new record profits. Why can they do better, but regular working men and women can't do better, and the only thing we can expect is a minimum wage job? For us, that's unacceptable."