Speaking to the crowd, President Obama announced that Vice-President Biden will be chairman of a task force charged with improving and strengthening the country's middle-class. He said "We have to reverse many of the policies toward organized labor."
Vice-President Biden was much more blunt as he addressed the assembled pro-union crowd:
"Welcome back to the White House!"
This drew a loud and sustained applause.
Vice-President Biden noted that he'll be leaning heavily on his economic adviser, Jared Bernstein who has worked for years as a senior official at the Economic Policy Institute, a labor-funded think tank which advocates for low and middle-income workers.