Sunday, June 28, 2009

Obama's Curiously Close Labor Friendship

SEIU chief Andy Stern says he visits the White House weekly: “We get heard.”
Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

From The L.A. Times:

SEIU chief Andy Stern enjoys unusual access to the White House, but some in the fractious labor movement question its value.

Reporting from Washington -- They led the most powerful forces in healthcare -- the trade groups representing doctors, insurance companies, hospitals and drug makers. Any one of them could stall, if not derail, President Obama's hopes of overhauling the U.S. healthcare system.

Instead, they stood with Obama before TV cameras at the White House and pledged their cooperation. For Obama, the show of unity gave momentum to perhaps his most ambitious domestic goal.

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My Comment: The labor movement gave tens of millions to the Obama campaign .... they paid for the access, and they expect it. Card-check will be the policy initiative that they are focusing on now.

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