Statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address


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DETROIT – After President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday, UAW President Bob King issued the following statement:

“President Obama’s address outlined a comprehensive blueprint that focused on rebuilding the foundation of the American economy – working people, who need good jobs to keep our economy strong,” said King.

“The President’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour over the next three years is an important step in helping workers, many whom have to work several part-time jobs and still can barely afford to keep a roof over their heads,” said King.

King also praised the President’s $1 billion plan to create private-public sector “manufacturing institutes” to help prepare workers for new jobs of the future. President Obama also called for a $40 billion investment in the nation’s infrastructure, including road and bridge improvements, and for establishing an Energy Security trust to research cleaner fuels for vehicles.

“The UAW stands by President Obama and his initiatives to support workers, the jobs of tomorrow and the necessary steps to create a sustainable future for all Americans,” said King. “We now ask that Congress pledge to work with our President to strengthen the nation’s economy.”

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