Labor Looks To Obama Speech On Jobs

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Underneath the pomp and festivities of the Labor Day Parade there is widespread discontent among marchers trying to hold on to their jobs and others who no longer have one like unemployed account manager Henry Lipput.

“It’s 10 months as of today and I’m not having a good time, and I’m running out of money and I’m worried out what’s going to happen,” he said.

With hiring flat and national unemployment still above 9 percent, Lipput wants decisive action from Washington and the White House.

“I want a bold progressive plan that says that he understands what people are going through in this country now,” he said.

Congressman Mike Doyle, D-14th district, who will be in the House chamber for the President’s speech Thursday night wants Obama to unveil a new government-sponsored jobs plan.

“Things like the infrastructure bank, things like funding the transportation bill, making investments in America and rebuilding our country and putting people back to work,” Doyle said.

In fact, parade organizers said those who have called for less government weren’t welcomed here today, including Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and Governor Tom Corbett.

Jack Shea of the Allegheny County Labor Council says Obama should fight his opposition in Congress.

“The problem is that since he [came] into office, he’s been waving that olive branch and the other side — the Republicans — have been just tuning out,” Shea said.

The Republicans weren’t invited but those in Congress are calling for deeper cuts. The labor movement wants more government help to bring jobs back to America.

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  • TheOne

    There isn’t going to be too many more jobs in the near future so hold on for economic fallout soon; it’ll happen this year or next. The entire global economy is trashed, all major currencies are being devalued and the entire system is going to collapse. It’s time to man up and learn to garden, get into physical gold and silver before they get too much higher, and become a bit more self-reliant. When the SHTF it’s going to get rowdy. I’m so sick of the nonsense beteen the Repubican vs Democrat shills. Stop falling for their shrewd games to keep US compatriots fighting among ourselves – divide and conquer is their game. If they truly wanted to bring jobs back it would take nothing but the swipe of the pen to negate massive regulatory legislation that has been put in place, and they could also take the debt off the people’s back by bringing back Glass-Steagall back; support HR 1489:

    Ron Paul 2012 – Any other will continue where Bush/BHO left off – guaranteed.

    Wake up Pittsburgh!

  • critter

    Barack Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, and instead he turned around and he tripled it.

    • TheOne

      They are called NeoCon’s and Marxists.. They do almost everything completely opposite from what they say they will do.

      Increasing the debt is the only way out of the mess that they, I think, purposefully put us in, and it stands to fulfill their agenda. They will hyperinflate the currency, destroy the middle class in the process, and possibly start more wars – Syria is probably next, then Saudi.. then.. Who knows. Perpetual war for humanitarian aide.. Yeah.

      Study history and the different ideologies and everything will make sense. Read about the collapse of the USSR, Argentina, Zimbabwe… It’s coming home.

      • jhc

        You dummy. obama has added 3 trillion to the debt in 2 years. Get and education past 3rd grade/

  • lazy black brother

    I start my new government job tomorrow because Obama made a speech,

    • Sonjia Jones

      That’s good news for you, sad news for the taxpayer, no product, nothing produced equals a drain……………

  • TheOne

    The entire American society is going that way; they indoctrinate the kids in school with this entitlement mentality. Look at the UK.. that’s what they become and that’s precisely why they rioted. People worry about their trinkets and worthless chinese junk more than they care about themselves. Everyone is getting fat, put on SSRI’s, and full of diseases. Everything is fake.. the foods they poison us with, the world they show us on TV, pop cult and marketing.. Society and culture are bankrupt. And make no mistake, Whiskey, a lot of this is socially engineered to be this way. People need to wake up and pay attention, and more importantly start thinking for themselves.

    • You're # 1

      I watched Ron Paul in debates and agree with almost everything he stands for .
      For as much as I here about Paul being a nut he gets awesome applause at debates.
      Good research on your part it’s great to hear FACTS, Thank-You.

    • Zoeyzotron

      I like Paul, but like Perry a touch better. For me this election is ALL about the job creation and a major reduction in spending.

      Either way, they will be 100x better than that clown who we have to deal with now.

      • TheOne

        I wouldn’t be so sure about Perry, he’s a globalist puppet too. I will guarantee you will he continue on where BHO leaves off.

        Please understand that government CANNOT create jobs. They can foster the impetus of a business-friendly economy but they will have to rescind numerous amounts of legislation to do that. It’s an easy endeavor to get back to that point, but they do not want to. They want to deindustrialize American and have been doing so for quite some time, as well as bankrupt the country from our culture, society, morals, economy..

        The following are 14 reasons why Rick Perry would be a really, really bad president….

        #1 Rick Perry is a “big government” politician. When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion. That is not exactly reducing the size of government.

        #2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control. According to, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645. In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $9932. If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

        #3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor. So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

        #4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system. If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

        #5 Rick Perry claims that he has a “track record” of not raising taxes. That is a false claim. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

        #6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

        #7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore’s campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

        #8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

        #9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation. The following is from an opinion piecethat was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year….
        •  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.
        •  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.
        •  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

        #10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007. Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

        #11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

        #12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue. If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

        #13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

        #14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with an untested and unproven vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do. According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

      • Zoeyzotron

        Very interesting. I still need to do plenty of research on all of these guys.

        Clearly though, they are all better than oBama

  • Warlock Jones

    Unions reak of despiration… hitch your wagon to obama and go over the cliff with him.

  • THE reaper

    UNIONS and there demads are what has driven mfg jobs out of America.
    your 9 weeks of vacation, inflated pay, free HC, Pensions, are responsible. You could have taken a little less, but no… Now we are all going to suffer because of it.

    I hope you are pleased.

    • Hwright

      LOL 80 hour work weeks are better no vacation no holidays! work 7 days a week make the CORPORATIONS richer CEO’s dont get payed enough! If you do not like UNIONS live your own life leave the working class alone. SUPPORT A FAIR TAX AND A FAIR TAX ONLY. YOU ARE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE ATTACKING UNIONS…..

      • hwright

        And its your job to decide what benefits a person shall get???? Republicans are brainwashing you! Keep listening to Republican backed FOX NEWS and bury you head in the sand. Maybe your job will be next!

      • Hwright

        Anyways there are a lot of typical Republican responses on here. “We are tired of trying to figure out social security, medicare, welfare, war debt, unemployment and health care so lets attack our very own working citizens and give ourselves the politicians a raise! We only know how to support corporate greed and kill the middle class.

      • Mad Hatter

        Why do you assume that you are only “working class” if you are in a union?

        also, if you work a 80 hour week and have no vacation you are a moron…. you can go get a new job.

        unions have outlived their time.

      • Hwright

        Well if its so easy to get a new job why are the Republicans saying the job market is sooooo BAD?????? Typical republican always got part of his brain in his wallet looking to steal more money from the working class. YES UNIONS are working class people!` Blue collar hard working inside outside -20 degress F to 100 degrees F Day/NIGHT 24 hours QUIT BASHING JUST BECAUSE YOUR JEALOUS OF SOMEONE ELSES BENEFITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • THE reaper

        We are not jealous, we are angry. Public unions excessive benefits are funded by the taxpayer you selfish jackwagon.

        By the way, take a look at the news about the post office today….

      • Mad Hatter

        Good call out Reaper – I saw that in the Trib this morning

        Post office mail delivery has declined 20% in just the past four years, but because of the UNION contract gradual layoffs were not allowed.


        AN OUTRAGE!

  • Daniel

    Doyle will be in the House chamber for Obummer’s speech – isn’t this the same congressman who called the Tea Party a bunch of terrorists? Talk about political suicide!

  • Paul

    If labor is looking to Obama for jobs, they mine as well keep looking. For three years he’s been promising change and jobs, and he has yet to deliver. Plus, having Doyle on hand, the same congressman who called the Tea Party a bunch of terrorists in another nail in his coffin.

    • hwright

      Tell me what has 8 years of tax breaks from Mr Bush done for jobs???? The same Tax cuts that are in place RIGHT NOW… Still dont create jobs.. Go figure…. Those tax cuts have only killed the tax revenue used to pay public employess. Most public employees have taken many cuts! Except for one. Politicians………..

      • Dummies

        It is not the government’s responsibility to create jobs. The “Guvment” doesn’t and shouldn’t create jobs. BUT….the “guvment” can create a situation through regulation and high tax rates which will DESTROY job creation in the private sector….which you “guvment” employees better realize is what supports your huge pay and benefits.


        hwright Mr Bush has not been President since 2008, in 2006 my bonuses were awesome come 2007 when Democoms took the majority of both houses everything went south for me .
        By 2009 when Queen Obama took office it has got even worse, by 2010 my employer supplied healthcare was changed 3 times which has never happened in years thanks to LARGE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION, we are NON-UNION I make a good wage, I once had good benifits, 5 weeks vacation, 10 sick days a year and a totally secured job that has went downhill over the last 4 years, not during the BUSH YEARS.

  • Whiskey

    where is the naacp?

  • Gee I know

    Gee I know lets give more stimulus money to the solar panel company that went bankrupt after receiving earlier stimulus money and still went bankrupt because you people just don’t know whats good for you, just ask Barry.

  • Baker6

    A Philadelphia college student with a permit to carry a firearm off-campus exchanged gunfire Monday with a teen accused of trying to rob him.

    Authorities say 21-year-old Temple University student Robert Eells had a license to carry the weapon and will not face any charges in the incident, reports.

    Police have charged the 15-year-old spook, but say they are still determining just what happened in the double-shooting north of the city campus.

  • dr michael

    I say we get rid of all the politicians and start over with a new group. The best way we can make change is to vote the bad ones out and get some better ones in. Maybe then they will work to do what is needed to make a better country for us all. Isnt government supose to be by the people and for the people?

  • dazzledogs

    maybe i am goofy, but how does tremoving money from social security taxes help? if social security is in such bad shape, there should be more money going into the fund, not out of it!! why notvcut the income tax and then the shortfall in tax revenue would have to be accounted for. too easy for obama and his henchmen? i have said over and over, we are watching the downfall of america!!

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