DETROIT – In perhaps some of his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama on Monday told a riverfront crowd of thousands in Detroit that “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining.”
He said organized labor is responsible for the rise of the middle class and the core of the nation’s economy and that legislative battles to curb the rights of organized labor are a threat to the nation as a whole.
“When I hear they’re trying to take collective bargaining away, trying to pass right-to-work laws, I know it’s not about economics. It’s about politics,” he said, prompting a chant from the crowd: “Four more years.”
Obama used the stop in Detroit to offer a small preview of his jobs plan, which he plans to reveal in a prime-time address Thursday.
“I don’t want to give everything away right here, because I want you all to tune in on Thursday,” he said.
Obama used the speech to challenge Congress to support his forthcoming plan.
“Prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts to middle-class families as you do for oil companies,” he said.