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From: Nakamura, David [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 07, 2015 09:31 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: Travel pool #1/Potus departure
Marine One touched down at Joint Base Andrews just before 9:30 a.m. on a sunny and warm Labor Day morning. Potus in blue sport coat, sans tie, boarded the smaller AF1 for quick trip to Boston.
Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is on board AF1, and a number of labor leaders are accompanying Potus on the 1:
Labor Secretary Tom Perez
Bill Hite, United Association
Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers
Background from WH on today's trip:
Today in Boston, the President will deliver remarks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast to highlight the Administration’s continued efforts to expand the American labor force, support greater workplace flexibilities for families, and strengthen the middle class to ensure all Americans can contribute to America’s economic resurgence.
And Massachusetts is stepping up: While Congress considers the Healthy Families Act, which would give every worker in America the ability to earn paid sick time, Massachusetts is already implementing policies that benefit our economy and support working families:
· Massachusetts voters supported earned sick days by overwhelming majority – Back in November, the people of Massachusetts voted to allow workers to earn one hour of earned sick time for every 30 hours worked and accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a year. As of July 1st, that law is now in effect and helping nearly approximately 900,000 more workers in the state access sick leave for the first time.
· Also this year, Mayor Marty Walsh signed Boston’s first ever paid parental leave policy, which allows for up to six weeks of paid parental leave for both men and women – and including same-sex couples – to be taken any time during the first year after the birth or adoption of a child.
That’s why the President is taking the opportunity to visit a city at the forefront of this issue and highlight the critical work that Massachusetts is doing overall to foster a more productive workforce by supporting hard-working families. The President will reiterate today, that these efforts are paying off in Massachusetts and across the country.
Background from the Greater Boston Labor Council:
The Greater Boston Labor Council is a federation of over 160 local unions and district councils. The council’s affiliated unions represent a vast array of workers – teachers, transit workers, construction workers, police, firefighters, janitors and manufacturing workers. The council acts as a leading voice for their member unions and workers, fighting for organized labor's legislative initiatives at the city, state and federal levels, vetting political candidates, and raising awareness of labor positions through actions and in the press. Rich Rogers is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Council.
Background - Massachusetts
This week, President Obama will visit Massachusetts for the 21st time since he became President.
· The unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7% in Massachusetts as of July 2015, down from 8.8% at the peak of the recession.
o That reflects 293,200 jobs created in Massachusetts since 2010 – a net gain of 173,400 jobs.
o And in the Boston metropolitan area, the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, down from 7.7% at the peak of the recession – reflecting 162,500 jobs created in the Boston metropolitan area since 2010. That’s a net gain of 116,400 jobs.
· The President has made historic investments in college affordability.
o Pell Grant funding has increased in Massachusetts by approximately 81% since 2008 and the number of Pell Grant recipients has increased by 41,000.
o In 2009, he enacted the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which will provide $425 million in tuition credits in 2016 to students and families in Massachusetts, an average benefit of $2,000 for 212,000 families claiming the credit.
· The President’s expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit that he initially signed into law as part of the Recovery Act in 2009 and were subsequently extended through 2017 are benefiting 195,000 Massachusetts families in 2015—delivering a total of $166 million in tax relief.
· We have invested over $50 million to support Massachusetts’ substantial improvement of their early education system.
o Massachusetts received $15 million to expand access to high-quality preschool to 750 four-year-olds in five high-need communities across the states.
o Last year, four communities in Massachusetts received a total of $5.4 million through the new Early Head Start – Childcare Partnership grants program to support high-quality early care and education for infants and toddlers.
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