By Gerry Shields, New York Post
Labor union bosses vowed yesterday to join forces with President Obama to push for the wealthy to pay higher taxes as part of a “balanced” deficit-reduction plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
Union leaders said they had the president’s back after meeting with Obama at the White House yesterday.
And Big Labor also vowed yesterday to fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, although Obama has not ruled out some changes to those budget-busting programs as part of a deal with Congress.
“We are very, very committed to making sure the middle class and workers don’t end up paying for the tab for a party that we didn’t get to go to and the president is committed to that as well,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters after the White House meeting.