Statement On President Obama's "A Better Bargain For The Middle Class" Speech At Knox College

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Yesterday, President Obama delivered the first of a series of speeches focused on strengthening the American middle class.  William P. Hite, General President of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada & Australia (UA), has issued the following statement in response:


"President Obama reiterated a basic message to the American people: Our nation cannot have a strong, growing economy without a strong, growing middle class.  His speech focused on the need to create solid middle class jobs through critical infrastructure investments, growth in the manufacturing sector, and support for workforce education and training to help the U.S. remain competitive in a global economy.

"Much of our nation's infrastructure—some of which is over 100 years old—is in critical need of repair, and I commend President Obama for recognizing the opportunity to strengthen our middle class by rebuilding our nation's aging infrastructure—the transmission lines and pipelines, roads and water treatment systems that literally fuel our economy.  Investing in infrastructure means expanding the U.S. construction and manufacturing sectors, and this means producing more and more goods—and jobs—that are made in America.

"President Obama also made clear in his address that expanding domestic energy production is key to long-term job growth and economic security.  This will help put our country on a path towards energy independence.

"I applaud the President for focusing on the right priorities to jump-start our economy and bolster the American middle class in his speech yesterday, and I look forward to hearing more of his proposals over the next several weeks."

The United Association (UA) is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 370,000 highly skilled United Association members across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

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