We should do everything we can to keep creating good middle-class jobs that help folks rebuild security for their families. [applause] And we should do everything we can to encourage companies like Daimler to keep investing in American workers. And, by the way, what we shouldn't do—I just gotta say this—what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. [huge sustained cheers and applause] We shouldn't be doing that.More of this, Mr. President. Please. Ever more.
You know, th-th-these so-called right to work laws—they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. [shouts of agreement] What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money! [cheers and applause] You only have to look to Michigan, where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry, to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class but a stronger America. [shouts of agreement]
So, folks from our states' capitals, all the way to the nation's capital—they should be focused on the same thing. They should be working to make sure companies like this manufacturer is able to make more great products. [shouts of agreement] That's what they should be focused on. Not— We don't want a race to the bottom; we want a race to the top! [cheers and applause]
America— America's not gonna compete based on low-skill, low-wage, no workers' rights—that's not our competitive advantage! There's always gonna be some other country that can treat its workers even worse. [murmurs and laughter] Right? [shouts of "Right!"] What's gonna make us succeed is that we got the best workers, well-trained, reliable, productive, low-turnover, healthy—that's what makes us strong. [shouts of agreement] And it's also what allows our workers then to buy the products that we make—because they got enough money in their pockets! [cheers and applause]
So, so, so we've gotta get past this whole situation where we manufacture crises because of politics. That actually leads to less certainty, more conflict, and we can't all focus on coming together to grow.
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