Nov. 7, 2012
, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today on the re-election of President
"On behalf of the skilled craft professionals that comprise America's Building Trades Unions, I offer our heartfelt congratulations to President
and Vice President
on their historic re-election.
I also offer our prayers for the President and the Vice President as they begin the process of governing and moving our nation forward with an 'invest in America' strategy that seeks to build our country from the middle out and rehabilitate and rebuild recently devastated areas that need our help.
Over the past four years, America's Building Trades Unions have lamented the toxic nature of our politics that sought to win the latest news cycle but rarely put the needs of constituents ahead of political party goals. With yet another convincing general election victory, President Obama correctly pointed out that the American people decisively 'voted for action, not politics as usual......it's about your jobs, not ours.'
America's Building Trades Unions could not agree more. Exit polling clearly demonstrated that the economy swamped every other issue in this election and voters expect action and responsible leadership. The men and women of America's Building Trades Unions, who have had to endure unemployment rates that far exceed the national average, are no different.
In that context, this election should be viewed as a repudiation of craven, special interest-driven partisan gridlock, as well as 'race to the bottom' tactics and extreme views that only seek to divide an electorate and grind the peoples' business to a halt in order to advance narrow agendas and political goals. We saw in races throughout the country that voters want and expect more. Voters want time spent on solving problems, not rehashing old fights on issues long settled such as infrastructure investments, prevailing wages, project labor agreements, workforce development, and health and retirement security.