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VIDEO: President Obama announces help for working families

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President Obama on Monday announced plans to sign a presidential memorandum aimed at easing workplace struggles for working families.

"Today I'm going to sign a presidential memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules and giving employees the right to ask for those flexible work schedules," the Commander-in-Chief said.

Obama attended the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington on Monday to show his support for expanding opportunities for working families and to reveal his plan on how to help them.

His plans include more high quality early education, continuing to close the pay gap between men and women, and directing Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to invest $25 million in "helping people who want to enroll in jobs programs but don't currently have access to the child care that they need to enroll in those job training programs."

"Family leave, child care, workplace flexibility, a decent wage," Obama said. "These are not frills, they are basic needs. These shouldn't be bonuses, they should be part of our bottom line as a society."

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