U.S. Labor Secretary meets with business leaders in Dallas

DALLAS (1080 KRLD)- U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with business leaders Thursday afternoon in Dallas. Walsh was promoting the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.

"It's good to have business leaders in the room," he says. "Often, when you're thinking about these plans and when they go through the legislative process, having the ability to understand what businesses do and how they're doing it, the impacts can be important."

Walsh says the U.S. economy has added more than two million jobs in the past four months.

"We're going to rebound. America is going to rebound. Our economy is going to get strong. People are getting back work," Walsh says. "But as people get back to work, we're seeing those inequities.

Walsh says those inequities include paid family and parental leave. The American Families Plan would include 12 weeks of paid leave, estimated to cost $225 billion over ten years.

During the round-table Thursday, some executives said employees fear taking time off now because they worry they might be replaced.

Others said they were in a "war for talent," and offering time off could help them attract better employees.

"It's not competing interests. It's actually working to advance the economy, to keep us competitive, quite honestly, with countries around the world," Walsh says.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says parts of the city have not received the same interest in business development, so he has focused on helping areas develop a trained workforce.

"Dallas is a city that has a need to fire on all cylinders," he says.

The American Jobs Plan would increase spending for infrastructure, repairing highways, bridges, and air and seaports. The jobs plan would also aim to "deliver clean drinking water, a renewed electric grid, and high-speed broadband to all Americans."

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