Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Auto industry bailout...

Though the situation at Republic deserves our sustained focus, the possible death of the auto industry should not escape our attention...

Congress is moving toward an agreement to provide emergency bridge loans for domestic automakers, but significant roadblocks remain. These loans are urgently needed to avoid a collapse of our U.S. auto industry, which would send shockwaves across our entire economy and deepen the current recession.

To protect America’s workers in this economic crisis, we need your immediate help. Members of Congress need to hear from you directly. Call your senators today and make sure they get the message: Provide emergency bridge loans to the auto industry.

Call Dick Durbin and Barack Obama via the Capitol Switchboard today at (202) 224-3121

To make your call as effective as possible, keep your message short and direct and begin by making it clear that you support providing an emergency bridge loan to the U.S. auto industry to protect American jobs. Communicating this simple message is enough, but if you’d like to provide additional information for why you support an emergency bridge loan, here are some talking points you can use.

According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute:

Nearly 2 million jobs have been slashed already this year, and we could lose 3 million more if emergency loans for the auto industry are not approved.

If the auto industry is not rescued, jobs could be lost in all 50 states, including workers at parts suppliers and in dozens of supporting industries, not just workers in the Midwest.

Any emergency bridge loan should include requirements that will protect the taxpayers, and ensure accountability and the long-term viability of the domestic auto companies.

Thanks again for your support of America’s workers in this time of need, and please call your senators today at (202) 224-3121.

Working America, AFL-CIO

P.S. Literally millions of jobs are at stake. Senators need to hear from their constituents. Make the call today: (202) 224-3121.

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