"The key to success in tomorrow's economy is people, and you cannot
move into the 21st century by restoring the labor policies of the 19th
century. I will oppose it, you will oppose it, and we will prevail."
President Clinton, Remarks to the AFL-CIO Convention,
Creating More Jobs and a Stronger Economy
16.7 Million New Jobs Under President Clinton and Vice President
Gore -- Since President Clinton took office, the economy has added
16.7 million new jobs -- more new jobs in 68 months than were
created during the entire 96 months of the Reagan Administration
(16.7 million under President Clinton vs. 16.0 million under
Fastest Real Wage Growth in More Than Two Decades -- Over the past
year, average hourly earnings have risen 4.0 percent -- more than
twice the rate of inflation. After adjusting for inflation, wages
have increased 2.8 percent in the past 12 months -- the fastest real
wage growth in more than two decades.
Unemployment Has Been Below 5 Percent For 15 Months In A Row. The
unemployment rate has fallen from 7.5 percent in 1992 to 4.6 percent
today (September 1998). And for the first time in 28 years, the
unemployment rate has been below 5 percent for 15 months in a row.
Construction Jobs Are Coming Back -- Under President Clinton and Vice
President Gore, construction and manufacturing jobs are coming back:
after losing 662,000 jobs in construction during the previous four
years, nearly 1.5 million new construction jobs have been added
since January 1993 -- a faster annual rate than any other
Administration since Harry S. Truman was President.
Manufacturing Jobs Are Up Under President Clinton -- After losing
2.1 million manufacturing jobs between 1981 and 1992, the economy
has created 579,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 1993.
World Leader in Auto Production Four Years in a Row -- After losing
46,000 jobs in the auto industry during the Bush years, 151,000 new
auto jobs have been created during the Clinton-Gore Administration.
And for the first time since the 1970s, America has led the world in
auto production for four years in a row.
Highest Home Ownership Rate in History -- there are more than 6.5
million new homeowners since the President took office.
Balanced the Federal Budget -- in 1992, the budget deficit was $290
billion, a record dollar high. This year, the budget will be in
surplus for the first time in 30 years.
Creating Better Jobs
Increased the Minimum Wage from $4.25 to $5.15 per hour -- increasing
wages for 10 million. For an average full-time minimum wage worker
this amounts to a $1,800 raise. President Clinton also proposed an
additional minimum wage increase in his 1998 State of the Union.
Saving Social Security First -- The President is committed to saving
Social Security for the 21st Century. The President will fight any
attempt to break the budget rules and drain the surplus. His
commitment is unwavering: every penny of any future surplus must be
reserved until a bipartisan plan to save Social Security is enacted.
Signed the Family and Medical Leave Act into law -- allowing workers
to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for family members
without fear of losing their jobs. Millions of workers have already
benefited from FMLA since its enactment.
Fighting for Critical Education Investments -- maintaining his
longtime commitment to education, the President enacted the largest
investment in education in 30 years -- and the largest investment in
higher education since the G.I. Bill -- by signing the 1997 Balanced
Budget Act. This year, the President has called on Congress to pass
critical education priorities included in his FY99 Budget that
include initiatives to recruit quality teachers, rebuild crumbling
schools and reduce class size.
Fighting for Paycheck Equity -- called on Congress to pass
legislation to strengthen laws prohibiting wage discrimination.
Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit providing tax relief for 15 million
$500 Per-Child Tax Credit --26 million families with 40 million
children will receive the $500 per-child tax credit.l
Increasing Pension Security -- Fought for legislation that has
expanded pension coverage, made pensions more secure for 40 million
American workers and retirees, and simplified pension plan
administration. Promoting new efforts to encourage retirement
Signed the Bipartisan Workforce Investment Act --- reforming
America's job training system for the 21st Century.
Opposed the creation of company unions.
Blocked efforts to undermine prevailing wage laws.
Revitalized enforcement at the Labor Department (Added more
Signed Hatch Act reform into law -- allowing federal civil servants
to more actively participate in the political process.
Rescinded Reagan Administration Executive Order prohibiting the
rehiring of PATCO strikers.
Enacted Single Largest Investment in Health Care for Children since
1965 providing health care coverage for up to five million children.
Fighting to Pass a Strong, Enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights --
Called on Congress to pass a strong, enforceable patients' bill of
rights that assures Americans the quality health care they need.
Signed Meaningful Health Insurance Reform which limits exclusions
for pre-existing conditions, makes coverage portable and helps
individuals who lose jobs maintain coverage.
Supported the comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Reform
Act and opposed efforts to the workplace less safe.
Established Better Labor Relations
Appointed a National Labor Relations Board that is fair to workers
and their unions for a change. And placed in all levels of
government Presidential appointees who are dedicated to fighting for
the issues that matter most to working men and women.
Issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal agencies from doing
business with employers that permanently replace striking workers.
Supported anti-"striker replacement" legislation -- which would have
prohibited companies from permanently replacing striking workers.
Preserving the collective bargaining process -- the Administration
has played an activist role in helping to resolve tough disputes,
bringing parties together to reach agreement. These collective
bargaining disputes have included: Northwest Airlines, American
Airlines, Long Island Rail Road, UPS, Teamster national trucking
contract, Mineworkers and Bituminous Coal Operators Association.
Opposed Republican so-called "paycheck protection" measures -- which
would have limited organized labor's political activity.
Created the National Partnership Council for Federal government
Created the Task Force on Excellence in State and Local Government
through Labor Management Cooperation for non-federal public workers.
Rescinded Bush Administration Executive Orders prohibiting pre-hire
agreements on federal construction projects and requiring all
government contractors to post a notice telling workers they have a
right not to join a union. In sharp contrast, President Clinton
authorized agencies to use Project Labor Agreements where they serve
the best interests of the government and the people.