WASHINGTON — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its umbrella group, Change to Win, called the agreement reached between Congress and the White House to raise the nation's debt ceiling "a bad deal for workers."
"Congress has failed to offer leadership toward job creation," said Joseph Hansen, chairman of Change to Win and the UFCW. "This legislation threatens the social safety net that seniors, children and the unemployed rely on. Even worse, leadership has capitulated to extreme demands that will further threaten the economic security of regular working people."
On Monday the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents several large retailers and suppliers, issued a statement urging passage of the bill.
"RILA supports passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and urges members of Congress to vote aye," said Sandy Kennedy, RILA president, in a statement. "Failure to raise the debt limit and begin to address the deficit would have grave consequences for the nation's economy, consumers, and its leading retailers."
President Obama signed the measure Tuesday soon after it passed the Senate by a 74-26 margin. It cleared the House 269-161 Monday.