January 30, 2009
AFT Media Affairs
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On President Obama's Launch of Working Families Task Force,
Signing of Executive Orders
WASHINGTON – We applaud President Obama and Vice President Biden for the actions announced today that reaffirm this administration's commitment to revitalizing and expanding America's middle class. The launch of the White House Task Force on Working Families-chaired by the vice president-and the president's signing of three executive orders are important first steps in helping restore the balance between employer and employee necessary to a well-functioning and fair economy.
The goals of the task force dovetail perfectly with what we know are key components of strengthening and growing the middle class: expanding education and training opportunities, balancing work and family, raising labor standards, protecting middle class incomes and assuring retirement security-in other words, enabling the American Dream.
Taken together, the task force and the worker-oriented executive orders demonstrate the depth of the Obama administration's commitment to the concerns of working people and their families. The American Federation of Teachers looks forward to continuing to work with government at all levels to recognize and support the significant contribution America's working families make to our nation's well-being.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.