Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2010) — President Barack Obama spoke to members of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO on Wednesday, pledging he will continue to push for legislation, such as the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for employees to unionize.
He also touted some steps his administration has taken to protect American workers, which include a federal crackdown against intellectual property theft, which directly affects performers and the entertainment industry.
Obama said he will continue to work with the AFL-CIO to improve the economy and protect workers' rights. He said at the heart of his vision for the economy "are three powerful words: Made in America."
SAG President Ken Howard sits on the AFL-CIO Executive Council where he concentrates on issues that affect the Guild, the Associated Actors and Artistes of America, professional employees and the entertainment and media industries.
President Obama spoke at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting. Seated (from left): AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker. (Photo: AFL-CIO)