77th Annual Meeting


WHEREAS, middle-class working families are the backbone of our nation and the stronghold of our economy; and

WHEREAS, as local elected officials it is our responsibility to address the growing economic and social concerns of the middle-class, including education, access to health care, jobs and workforce housing; and

WHEREAS, every American deserves a quality and affordable education, access to quality healthcare, a stable job where they can succeed and affordable housing options; and

WHEREAS, the Obama Administration has launched a White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families, a major initiative targeted at raising the living-standards of American middle-class working families; and

WHEREAS, the Task Force will be chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business and advocacy communities in addition to its regular meetings; and

WHEREAS, the Task Force will work with a wide-array of federal agencies that have responsibility for key issues facing middle-class working families and will expedite administrative reform, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that will be of special importance to working families; and

WHEREAS, our nation's middle class working families are facing significant challenges and barriers to the American dream and as local elected leaders it is imperative that we work with federal officials to adopt initiatives that ensure the American dream is still achievable; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the creation of the White House Task Force on Middle-Class Working Families and we support the Task Force's efforts to work throughout the federal government to develop policies to expand education and workforce training, improve work and family balance, restore labor standards and protect working families income and retirement security, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the White House to include Mayors in the Task Force's outreach sessions.