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White House to work on rebuilding the middle class Posted by on

The White House today announced the establishment of a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families, not to be confused with the previous administrations War on the Middle Class. Vice President Joe Biden, who will Chair the task force, published an OP-ED piece in the USA Today about the subject. The first paragraphs are included below, the rest can be read at their website.

For years, we had a White House that failed to put the middle class front and center in its economic policies.

President Obama has made it clear that is going to change. And it's why he has asked me to lead a task force on the middle class.

America's middle class is hurting. Trillions of dollars in home equity, retirement savings and college savings are gone. And every day, more and more Americans are losing their jobs.

For the backbone of the USA, it's insult on top of injury. Over the course of America's last economic expansion, the middle class participated in very few of the benefits. But now in the midst of this historic economic downturn, the middle class sure is participating in all of the pain. Something is seriously wrong when the economic engine of this nation -- the great middle class -- is treated this way.

President Obama and I are determined to change this. Quite simply, a strong middle class equals a strong America. We can't have one without the other.

Winter reading recommendation? Posted by on

If you're looking for a little reading in your down time, consider this offering, featured on Dollars and Sense. The book is titled "Wage Theft in America," by Kim Bobo.

A New Vision for the Department of Labor
Billions of dollars in wages are being illegally stolen from millions of workers each and every year, writes Kim Bobo, in her new book Wage Theft in America (The New Press). The tenth chapter of the book, republished here in full, gives a detailed prescription for change for the Department of Labor. For background information on wage theft, see this excerpt from the book, originally published online by In These Times.

Union carpenter apprentices in the community Posted by on

Union apprentices have been helping the South Boston Neighborhood House build out new space.

good job with the video production. the message in... Posted by on

good job with the video production. the message in the video truly conveys what we are all about. serving our communities is an excellent way to give back.