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AFSCME, SEIU and NEA Continue Major Campaign to Protect Medicare, Medicaid and Education

NEA launches 2nd Round of TV ads, plans Dec. 10th nationwide events


WASHINGTON - December 07, 2012 -

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) continued to mount a major campaign to protect Medicare, Medicaid and education with a second round of television ads in Virginia, Missouri, Ohio and Montana launched today.

The new ads are part of a significant six figure television buy that urge Virginia Senator Mark Warner, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, Montana Representative Denny Rehberg and Ohio Representative Pat Tiberi to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education.

AFSCME, SEIU and NEA along with the AFL-CIO and over two dozen organizations have made thousands of phone calls, held dozens of events throughout the country and have planned hundreds of events for a National Day of Action on December 10. From Maine to California, people will gather to further pressure Congress to pass a deal for all Americans that balances the budget and ensures Medicare, Medicaid and education funding remain intact.

“The formula for success to meet the important series of deadlines in Congress is simple: protect the very foundation of financial security hard working Americans depend upon, and ask the wealthiest 2% to pay their fair share of taxes,” said Chuck Loveless, AFSCME Federal Government Affairs Director. “Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid would put the well-being of millions of families and children at stake. Congress needs to pull together and pass a deal for all Americans, protect vital services and put us further down the path to prosperity.”

“As negotiations progress, it's important that we continue to communicate to all Members of Congress that any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security which impact our seniors and hospitals are unacceptable components of a final budget deal,” said Peter Colavito, SEIU Director of Government Relations.

“These ads use a little humor to make a very serious point: the programs millions of middle class Americans depend on — Medicare and Medicaid - are in danger of being sacrificed for tax cuts that have done nothing to generate jobs or grow the economy and that the wealthy do not need," said Mary Kusler, NEA director of government relations. "'Protect the Middle Class' is not just a campaign slogan. The election is over — it's time for our senators and representatives to demonstrate real leadership and keep working families, seniors and students front and center in their minds during these critical negotiations."

“Cuts” is the second TV spot that will run in Virginia, Missouri, Montana and Ohio. Copies of the ad can be viewed at:

TV Script —

Narrator: If the politicians in Washington negotiate a bad deal on the budget and deficit,
  What do you think will happen to Medicare and Medicaid benefits?
  And to our coverage?
  Cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid will short change the people who need it the most.
  So if you don’t want seniors to come up empty,
  Call (Senator Warner/McCaskill) (Representative Rehberg/Tiberi) and tell him/her don't make a bad deal that cuts our care.

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AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today's global economy. www.seiu.org

The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Chris Fleming, AFSCME, (202) 327-8420 or (202) 631-0929
Tyler Prell, SEIU, (202) 701-5796
Celeste F. Busser, NEA, (202) 822-7259