May 12, 2009

Biden Restates Support for Employee Free Choice

Just in case you were wondering what the White House thinking was on Free Choice as of late: they're still very much in support of it. AP reports that at an AFL-CIO event, Joe Biden strongly reiterated the administration's support for the bill and for unions:

Biden said it's time to "level the playing field" for unions by passing a bill that would make it easier for workers to organize.

"You've got to climb up a hill with so many roadblocks on the way to organize that it's just out of whack," Biden told a conference of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has about 1.6 million members.

"If a union is what you want, then a union is what you should get," Biden said.

Biden also said that he and the President would not consider economic recovery efforts successful unless that growth creates "good, sustainable, livable jobs in the process:"

A key element, he said, is rebuilding the American labor movement, which has steadily declined since the 1950s.

"We will not consider it a success unless the middle class is growing, taking a piece of that productivity," Biden said.

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