TN AFL-CIO President: Congress Should ‘Stop Playing Games,’ Remember Constituents Needs

Press release from the Tennessee Chapter of the AFL-CIO; January 21, 2015:

“Tonight, we turn the page.” That’s one of my favorite lines from President Obama’s State of the Union address, which he delivered Tuesday evening.

While this phrase symbolically sets the stage for a fresh start, we all know that there is much work to be done, especially when it comes to working families and the challenges that we face every day. Fortunately, the president made this topic a major part of his many remarks.

The bottom line for working families? Higher wages. President Obama acknowledged this by saying “That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015. It’s time. We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they’ve earned.”

Yet another one of my favorite phrases from this year’s State of the Union address.

The president also reminded us of another harsh reality: the United States is the only advanced country that does not offer paid sick or maternity leave. Even though he at least outlined a plan for paid leave, it’s disheartening to think that it has taken our nation so long to get to this point.

Now, it’s time for President Obama’s actions to speak louder than his words. It’s time for Congress to put aside partisan differences and do what’s best for each and every citizen. We call on lawmakers to stop playing games and start remembering the needs of their constituents who put them in office.

Only then will we truly be able to “turn the page” on some of the most troubling times in recent memory.