Update (02/26): Additional information regarding this meeting is available.
On January 30th, President Barack Obama signed an Executive order creating a White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families ("Middle Class Task Force"). This task force is "a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America." Its stated goals are:
- Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities
- Improving work and family balance
- Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety
- Helping to protect middle-class and working-family incomes
- Protecting retirement security
Members of the task force are Vice President Biden, Chair; the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Commerce; the Directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, the Domestic Policy Council; and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.
The task force will have regular meetings and have outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities. It intends to expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families. Members of the public are invited to submit comments and ideas to the task force via a form on its website.
The task force has announced that its first meeting, which will take place on February 27th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will focus on green jobs. Green Collar Blog will provide additional information on this meeting as it becomes available.
For more information:
- White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families – Home page
- Save the Date: First Meeting 2/27/2009
- Time to Put Middle Class Front and Center (Vice President Joe Biden, January 30, 2009)