img001343Corporate Voices for Working Families was pleased to be invited to the White House launch of the Middle Class Task Force on Working Families this morning.

 Donna Klein and Tiffany Westover-Kernan attended, along with a group of a hundred individuals representing the House, Senate, administration, labor, and advocacy groups. 

While it was an honor to meet both President Obama and Vice President Biden, we were impressed with the candor of the formal remarks and the very casual management of this launch event.

Members of the Task Force include the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Commerce as well as the Director of the National Economic Council, Office of Management and Budget, Domestic Policy Council and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors.

 The Task Force outlined five goals:

 – Expanding education and lifelong training opportunities

– Improving work and family balance

– Restoring labor standards, including workplace safety

– Helping to protect middle-class family incomes

– Protecting retirement security

img00136 The first two goals are closely aligned with the work of Corporate Voices, and we hope to be able to continue the dialogue with Task Force members. The first meeting is February 27 in Philadelphia on the subject of Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class.