For Immediate Release: January 30, 2009

Administration's New Taskforce And Action On Job Quality A Win For Workers

(Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement from Elizabeth Lower-Basch, senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, regarding President Obama's creation of the Middle Class Working Families Taskforce and signing of three executive orders to promote job quality for federal contractors.

"President Obama and Vice-President Biden have chosen to put the issue of job quality front and center.   As the President said this morning, we need to create ‘not just any jobs,' but good jobs that enable workers to manage their work and family responsibilities and that open the door to the American Dream.

"We are very pleased that the task force will be looking at the wide range of federal policies and programs that affect workers' lives, from child care to retirement security, including educational policies that create pathways to good jobs, and labor policies that recognize the importance of workers' rights to organize and a level playing field for unions.

"But the President didn't just create a task force today.  He also signed several executive orders that help protect the rights of those who work for federal contractors.  In so doing, he made a critical statement that government should not be neutral between those employers who treat their employees fairly and those who do not."

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