Obama to Create Policy Panel for Auto Workers

The Council on Automotive Communities and Workers will be headed by 'car czar' Ed Montgomery.

President Barack Obama will reached out to workers in the auto sector on June 23, announcing the establishment of a policy panel to address their woes. The White House is creating a "Council on Automotive Communities and Workers," which will be charged to recommending policies that would help auto workers, an administration official said.

According to the government's own estimates, 400,000 jobs have been lost in the industry.

The panel was announced by Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to Perrysburg, Ohio, where one firm is making state-of-the-art solar panels.

But it will be Obama who signs it into existence through an executive order.

The panel will be headed by "car czar" Ed Montgomery.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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