UFCW International President Joseph T. Hansen's statement on the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Nov 07, 2012 -- Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), has released the following statement regarding the re-election of President Obama.
“President Obama’s re-election is a victory for UFCW members and workers across the nation. The President stabilized a failing economy, put in place new rules to prevent another financial crisis, and made important investments in the middle class. He reformed health care, made college more affordable, and helped guarantee women equal pay for equal work.
“There is much more to be done in a second term. It is time for immediate and bold action to create good-paying jobs. It is time for a tax code that is fair and helps close the gap between the rich and the poor. It is time to strengthen our labor laws so workers can join a union freely and fairly. And it is time to reform our immigration system so those who work hard and play by the rules can become American citizens. Only then can we truly recognize the President’s vision of shared prosperity and shared sacrifice.
“Achieving these goals will require leadership by President Obama. But he also needs a partner in Congress. Tea-party legislators tried—and failed—to defeat the President at any cost, calling it their top priority. I hope they will now put as much effort into addressing the great challenges facing our nation.
“The American people have spoken. It is time to get to work on their behalf.”