I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, and to my administration, labor unions are a big part of the solution. We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests - because we cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement.
The truth is, the road ahead will not be easy. The economic crisis we face is vast and the challenges we confront are many; you know this because your members have already had to make sacrifices. But I have every confidence that if we are willing to do the difficult work that must be done, we will emerge from these trials stronger and more prosperous than we were before. And as we confront this crisis and work to provide health care to every American, rebuild our nation's infrastructure, move toward a clean energy economy, and pass the Employee Free Choice Act, I want you to know that you will always have a seat at the table.
Thank you for everything you do.
The President's statement was preceded by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis' commitment to enforce the Employee Free Choice Act and comes ahead of the Vice President's expected support of the bill in his address to the AFL-CIO tomorrow.
Take a look at other past remarks by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on the need for the Employee Free Choice Act:
Barack Obama on the Employee Free Choice Act
Vice President Joe Biden: Employee Free Choice Act "This Year"
President Obama to the Washington Post on the Employee Free Choice Act