WASHINGTON, D.C. — Is economic relief in sight for working-class people?
Only time will tell.
President Barack Obama signed three executive orders that would “reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we’ve seen these last eight years.”
The orders he signed would require federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change and would make it more difficult for federal contractors to discourage union activities.
The Obama administration, through vice president Joe Biden, also plans “to bring together those Cabinet members who have the greatest impact on the well-being of the middle class.”
The task force meeting scheduled for Feb. 27 in Philadelphia, will look at issues as diverse as health care and college opportunities and will focus on “restoring the balance in the workplace,” Biden said.
The focus of the first meeting will be “green jobs, those jobs that pay well, can’t be outsourced and will help us move toward a cleaner, more self-sufficient energy future,” Biden said.
In addition, more monthly meetings will be held across the country to discuss concerns of working-class people like child care, workplace safety and retirement security, Biden said.