White House Summit on Worker Voice

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On October 7, 2015, the White House and the Department of Labor is bringing together workers, labor leaders, advocates, forward-leaning employers, Members of Congress, state and local officials and others to highlight the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class.
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America is at its strongest when we work together to build prosperity that all of us contribute to and share. We are our best when the working men and women who are engines of economic growth are true partners in industry and innovation, with a robust voice in their workplaces.

Our economy has come a long way from the economic crisis we faced when President Obama took office. American businesses have created 13 million jobs over the past 65 months, the longest consecutive streak of job growth on record. But we have more work to do to help middle-class wages grow and adapt to the changing nature of work in the 21st century. The Summit on Worker Voice will provide a historic opportunity to bring together a diverse group of leaders – including workers, employers, unions, organizers, and other advocates and experts – to explore ways to ensure that hardworking Americans are both driving our nation’s economic resurgence and also sharing in the benefits of the growth that they are helping to create.

The White House Summit on Worker Voice will provide a historic opportunity to bring together a diverse group of leaders – including workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts — to explore ways to ensure that middle class Americans are sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth that they are helping to create. We want both seasoned and emerging leaders from across the country, who are taking action in their communities to lift up workers’ voices — to be active participants in this conversation. The day will conclude with a town hall with the President, co-hosted by Coworker.org, which will include questions and stories from workers across the country. You can add your voice to that conversation here.

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For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/campaign/worker-voice

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    President Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders
    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington DC

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    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    First Lady Michelle Welcomes Local Students for the Annual Fall Harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden

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  2. White House Summit on Worker Voice

    President Obama announced in August that The First White House Summit on Worker Voice will be held on October 7.

    America is at its strongest when we work together to build prosperity that all of us contribute to and share. We are our best when the working men and women who are engines of economic growth are true partners in industry and innovation, with a robust voice in their workplaces.

    Our economy has come a long way from the economic crisis we faced when President Obama took office. American businesses have created 13 million jobs over the past 65 months, the longest consecutive streak of job growth on record. But we have more work to do to help middle-class wages grow and adapt to the changing nature of work in the 21st century. The Summit on Worker Voice will provide a historic opportunity to bring together a diverse group of leaders – including workers, employers, unions, organizers, and other advocates and experts – to explore ways to ensure that hardworking Americans are both driving our nation’s economic resurgence and also sharing in the benefits of the growth that they are helping to create.

    Summit Focus:

    * Highlight the value of collective bargaining
    * Examine challenges facing workers trying to organize in the 21st century
    * Bring attention to new, innovative ways that workers are coming together to have a voice in their workplaces
    * Engage employers who are collaborating with their workers to create meaningful partnerships that are good for workers and businesses

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/campaign/worker-voice

    • The White House Summit On Worker Voice: Welcoming Panel

      Published on Oct 7, 2015

      Watch live footage from the White House Summit on Worker Voice, which convened workers, business owners, advocates, and union leaders for a day-long conversation about how we can empower workers’ voices in the 21st century economy. October 7, 2015.

    • The White House Summit On Worker Voice: Panel One

      Published on Oct 7, 2015

      Watch live footage from the White House Summit on Worker Voice, which convened workers, business owners, advocates, and union leaders for a day-long conversation about how we can empower workers’ voices in the 21st century economy. October 7, 2015.

    • October 07, 2015

      Remarks by the President at the White House Summit on Worker Voice

      East Room

      12:47 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Well, everybody, please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Let me offer at the outset the observation that Terrence could run for something. (Laughter.) But we’re so grateful to you for sharing your story, for everything you’re doing to organize and inspire Americans across the country. You already recognized your mom, Joann, another fast-food worker who’s come up today from South Carolina. This is actually a remarkable moment: Neither of them make enough money to be able to afford to travel much, so this is the first time Terrence and Joann have seen each other in 10 years.

      AUDIENCE: No!

      THE PRESIDENT: Ten years apart because they don’t earn enough to be able to just hop on a plane and visit each other.
      The only problem I have with this story is that I am not sure that Joann is old enough to actually be Terrence’s mom — (laughter) — based on how she’s looking there.

      Their story describes why we wanted to have this summit. Their story describes why workers need a voice. That’s why our Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, is here — and I should add, this is a pretty good way for the Labor Secretary to celebrate his birthday. (Applause.)

      That’s why we’ve got our outstanding leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi here. (Applause.) And Senator Al Franken is here. (Applause.) And Congressman Gregory Meeks is here, and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is here — because they have consistently been on the frontlines of championing the interests and the concerns of ordinary people who are working hard every single day, and aren’t asking for the world — all they’re asking for is dignity and living wages and being able to take care of their families.

      That’s why we’ve got business and labor leaders here today, including the head of the AFL-CIO, Rich Trumka, who’s been fighting these issues for decades. And that’s why we’ve got workers and organizers and tech experts, and so many others at this first-ever White House Summit on Workers Voice.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/07/remarks-president-white-house-summit-worker-voice

    • The White House Summit On Worker Voice: Panel Two

      Published on Oct 7, 2015

      Watch live footage from the White House Summit on Worker Voice, which convened workers, business owners, advocates, and union leaders for a day-long conversation about how we can empower workers’ voices in the 21st century economy. October 7, 2015.

    • The Vice President Delivers Remarks at the White House Summit on Worker Voice

      Published on Oct 7, 2015

      Watch the Vice President deliver remarks at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, which convened workers, business owners, advocates, and union leaders for a day-long conversation about how we can empower workers’ voices in the 21st century economy. October 7, 2015.

    • October 07, 2015

      Remarks by the President at the White House Summit for Worker Voice Town Hall

      East Room

      4:55 P.M. EDT

      MS. MILLER: Thank you, Mr. President. It’s an honor to be here at the White House Summit for Worker Voice. And we’re really excited to share with you what we’ve learned today from everybody.

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, I hope everybody has had a good time, and I hope the conversations have been useful. I know that my team that has participated has been incredibly excited and inspired by all the energy and insight and stories that people have told throughout the day.

      So my goal is to learn from you. But I’m also happy to give you my perspective in terms of where we can take this. My hope is at the end of this session that we can agree to put together some sort of plans for follow-up. Because the goal here was not to end a conversation; the goal was to begin a conversation, widen it, broaden it, solicit additional ideas from folks who weren’t able to participate here today, and then see whether, as a consequence of this ongoing collaboration, we start building a much bigger conversation across the country.

      So, Michelle, why don’t you kick us off?

      MS. MILLER: Sure. So I’ll tell you a little about Coworker.org. We’re a platform where people can just join together to improve their working conditions and have a voice in their workplace. And we see worker voice not just as a voice to your boss but also a voice to each other so people can communicate together to improve things.

      And this week, we were a platform for a voice to you. So we got thousands of submissions from our community about what people were wrestling with around changing things in their workplaces and improving their conditions. And the number-one theme that we heard from folks was that their jobs are changing; the economy is at a moment of restructuring, and everybody from free-lancers to restaurant workers to manufacturing workers are seeing these changes in the workplace. And they know that we have an opportunity to make those jobs awesome, but we’re only going to do that if we have a voice in how they’re shaped.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/07/remarks-president-white-house-summit-worker-voice-town-hall

  3. US Supreme Court Opens New Term

    October 05, 2015 5:37 PM VOA News

    The U.S. Supreme Court has begun a new term with several contentious cases on the docket, including ones involving affirmative action, abortion and teacher’s unions.

    The nine justices took to the bench for the first time Monday since high-profile rulings in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

    The term’s first oral arguments Monday were about a low-profile liability case involving an American woman who lost her legs trying to board a train in Austria. At issue is whether the woman can sue the state-owned Austrian railway in U.S. courts because she bought her ticket in the United States.

    The court also rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer, including one that the U.S. government says will allow executives who engage in insider trading to go unpunished. The court also declined to hear a challenge about Major League Baseball’s longstanding exemption from antitrust laws.

    The justices will add more cases in the coming months for the current term, which ends in June.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/us-supreme-court-opens-new-term/2992601.html

  4. October 06, 2015

    Remarks by the President After Meeting with Agriculture and Business Leaders on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Department of Agriculture
    Washington, D.C.

    12:02 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, yesterday we announced a new trade agreement across the Asia Pacific region that reflects American values and gives our working families and American businesses a fair shot, creates a level playing field. The Trans-Pacific Partnership took five years to negotiate, and I wanted to get the best possible deal done for American workers and American businesses, and that is what we have achieved.

    This agreement makes us more competitive by eliminating about 18,000 taxes, tariffs that are placed on America’s products in these other countries. Just to give you a couple examples, Japan puts a 38-percent tax on American beef before it ever reaches market. Malaysia currently puts a 30-percent tax on American auto parts. Vietnam puts a tax of as much as 70 percent on every car American automakers sell in Vietnam.

    Under this agreement, all those foreign taxes will fall. Most of them will fall to zero. So we are knocking down barriers that are currently preventing American businesses from selling in these countries and are preventing American workers from benefitting from those sales to the fastest-growing, most dynamic region in the world.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/06/remarks-president-after-meeting-agriculture-and-business-leaders-trans

  5. Stop the Bleed

    No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

    “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

    Remember to be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured person to safety, if necessary.

    Call 911.

    Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. Here are three actions you can take to help save a life:

    Compress
    Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing

    Tourniquet
    If the bleeding doesn’t stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding. (The tourniquet may be applied and secured over clothing.)

    Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

    Compress again
    If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, place a second tourniquet closer to the torso from the first tourniquet.

    Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

    For more: http://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

    • The White House Launches the Stop the Bleed campaign

      Published on Oct 7, 2015

      The White House hosted aa “Stop the Bleed” event to provide people with the tools they need to stop life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency. October 6, 2015.

      Stop The Bleed
      The event will highlight this administration’s efforts, in coordination with the private sector, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives.

    • October 06, 2015

      FACT SHEET: Bystander: “Stop the Bleed” Broad Private Sector Support for Effort to Save Lives and Build Resilience

      Today, the Administration launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.

      Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/06/fact-sheet-bystander-stop-bleed-broad-private-sector-support-effort-save

  6. First Lady Michelle Welcomes Local Students for the Annual Fall Harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden

    Published on Oct 7, 2015

    First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed local students for the annual Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest. Google joined the harvest to create the first ever virtual tour of the garden so that students across the country can experience the garden, learn about where food comes from, and the importance of healthy eating.

  7. WH

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama welcomes German President Joachim Gauck to the White House

    7:00 AM
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    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama meets with German President Gauck
    Oval Office

    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Worker Voice
    East Room

    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of State Kerry

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:40 PM
    President Obama participates in a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org with workers, employers, unions and other advocates
    East Room

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  8. Wednesday, October 7th
    German President Gauck visits the White House marking the 25th anniversary of German reunification and underscore the abiding friendship and partnership between the United States and Germany. The President looks forward to discussing ways to build on this partnership in the pursuit of common values and shared strategic and economic goals.

    1990-2015 🇩🇪 #Germany25

    • October 07, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and President Gauck of Germany before Bilateral MeetingRemarks by President Obama and President Gauck of Germany before Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      11:15 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great honor to have a great friend of the United States, President Gauck, visit the Oval Office. It gives me an opportunity to repay the hospitality that the President extended to me during one of my visits to Germany.

      Although it’s well-known in Germany, for American audiences, some people may not be aware of the President’s extraordinary life and the role that he’s played in creating a modern, unified, democratic and peaceful Germany. As a pastor and a democratic activist in Eastern Germany, he played an important role in giving voice to the aspirations of all those who sought a unified Germany that reflected the values that we now see in that great country.

      And as Germany recently marked an important milestone in reunification, it’s a great reminder that not only was reunification important for Germany, but it was important for Europe, it was important for the transatlantic relationship, and it was important for the world.

      Germany obviously is one of our strongest allies.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/07/remarks-president-obama-and-president-gauck-germany-bilateral

  9. Applications Surge as Mortgage Rates Dip to Multi-Month Lows

    10/7/15 24/7 Paul Ausick – Wall St. Yahoo

    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its latest report on mortgage applications Wednesday morning. It noted a week over week increase of 25.5% in the group’s seasonally adjusted composite index for the week ending October 2, following a decrease of 6.7% for the week ending September 25. Mortgage loan rates fell last week on all types of fixed-rate mortgages and rose slightly on adjustable-rate loans.

    On an unadjusted basis, the composite index increased by 26% week over week. The seasonally adjusted purchase index jumped by 27%, compared with the week ended September 25. The unadjusted purchase index also increased by 27% for the week and is now 49% higher year over year.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/applications-surge-mortgage-rates-dip-113517959.html;_ylt=A0SO8wWKHhVWVbMA9BdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyZmRtbmdkBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjA4NTRfMQRzZWMDc2M-

  10. Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index

    Released On 10/7/2015 8:30:00 AM For Sep, 2015

    Prior Actual
    level 32 32

    Highlights
    Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index registered plus 32 in September, the fifth consecutive month it has been at this level and the highest in Gallup’s seven-year trend. Net hiring in the private sector, where the large majority of U.S. employees work, was plus 33 for the month of September, the same it has been for five of the past six months. Government hiring netted plus 25 in September — similar to scores recorded since April. The “hiring” and “letting people go” percentages have been steady for the last several months.

    Regionally, net hiring was lowest in the East, at plus 29. The region generally has ranked lowest in workers’ perceptions of hiring since 2013. Meanwhile, the Midwest had the highest net hiring score in September, at plus 34. This is down slightly from plus 36 in August, which matched the highest score any region has received since Gallup began tracking job creation. Net hiring in the South registered plus 32, while it was plus 33 in the West.

    For more: http://mam.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=468471&cust=mam:

  11. US Consumer Borrowing Climbs to New Record in August

    Oct 7, 2015, 3:10 PM ET By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON

    U.S. consumer borrowing advanced at a solid pace in August, as Americans took out more auto and student loans.

    The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that consumer borrowing rose by $16 billion in August, pushing the total to a fresh record of $3.47 trillion.

    The August advance was slightly below the July gain of $18.9 billion. In June, credit had soared by $27.2 billion, the largest increase since November 2001.

    Borrowing for car and student loans expanded by $12 billion in August. Borrowing in the category that covers credit cards rose by $4 billion.

    Economists are forecasting that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, will remain strong in the coming months as households remain willing to take on more debt.

    A strong consumer sector will help to offset weakness in other parts of the economy.

    For more; http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/us-consumer-borrowing-climbs-record-august-34319363

  12. October 07, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu

    President Obama spoke today by phone with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) International President Dr. Joanne Liu to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a U.S. military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. During the call, President Obama expressed regret over the tragic incident and offered his thoughts and prayers on behalf of the American people to the victims, their families, and loved ones. Acknowledging the great respect he has for the important and lifesaving work that MSF does for vulnerable communities in Afghanistan and around the world, the President assured Dr. Liu of his expectation that the Department of Defense investigation currently underway would provide a transparent, thorough, and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident and pledged full cooperation with the joint investigations being conducted with NATO and the Afghan Government.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/07/statement-president-el-faro-cargo-ship

  13. October 07, 2015

    Statement by the President on the El Faro Cargo Ship

    The captain and crew of the El Faro were Americans and Poles, men and women, experienced mariners and young seamen. They were beloved sons and daughters and loving husbands and fathers. They were dedicated engineers, technicians and a cook. And these 33 sailors were united by a bond that has linked our merchant mariners for more than two centuries–a love of the sea. As their ship battled the storm, they were no doubt working as they lived–together, as one crew. This tragedy also reminds us that most of the goods and products we rely on every day still move by sea. As Americans, our economic prosperity and quality of life depend upon men and women who serve aboard ships like the El Faro.

    I thank everyone across our government and in the private sector who worked so tirelessly, on the sea and in the air, day after day, in the massive search for survivors. The investigation now underway will have the full support of the U.S. government, because the grieving families of the El Faro deserve answers and because we have to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our people, including those who work at sea.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/07/statement-president-el-faro-cargo-ship

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