Anna Burger, chair of the Change to Win labor coalition and International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), today was named to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board in a ceremony at the White House with President Obama.
She made the following statement:
As daily headlines scream, 'layoffs, layoffs, layoffs,' I am honored to stand today in a new partnership with a president who was elected because he does not turn a deaf ear to the hurts and hopes of working people. He is a president who sees members of labor unions as part of the solution too.
The more than 4 million people who lost their jobs this past year and watched their futures go up in smoke don't need more hot air from Capitol Hill. They need fast action on jobs, healthcare, education, childcare, and unemployment.
We already appreciate the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden as we work together to rebuild the American Dream, address the challenges working families face in a 21st century global economy, and create economic recovery that works for everyone--not just those at the top.
According to President Obama's transition website, Change.gov, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board "will be charged with offering independent, nonpartisan information, analysis, and advice to the President as he formulates and implements his plans for economic recovery." In addition, they will "provide regular briefings to the President, Vice President and their economic team."