Shocka!: Obama’s totally in the tank for unions
Posted by danishova on May 5, 2009
President Obama has moved quickly to demonstrate his solidarity with the labor movement, making a series of policy and personnel moves dramatically reshaping the landscape to give unions a better foothold.
Even though labor’s top legislative priority — the so-called "card-check" bill to make it easier to organize workplaces — has stalled on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama has made up for it in a number of ways, often breaking sharply with policies instituted during the Bush administration.
One of Mr. Obama’s first acts the day he was inaugurated was to elevate National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Wilma B. Liebman, a former International Brotherhood of Teamsters lawyer, to chair the board.
The president has since appointed a succession of union loyalists to top spots in the Labor Department and on the NLRB. He signed four pro-union executive orders, most notably one requiring federal construction projects to favor "project labor agreements" that set aside jobs for union workers.
Last month, Mr. Obama appointed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lawyer Craig Becker and pro-union labor lawyer Mark Gaston Pearce to fill vacancies on the five-member NLRB, which oversees laws governing relations between unions and employers. The AFL-CIO and other top labor groups complained that the NLRB under Mr. Bush had become toothless.[snip]
As an aside – The S.E.I.U. was the single biggest labor donor, contributing $32 million to Obama’s campaign; the U.A.W. has contributed $25 million to Democrats since 1990 (that’s just direct cash donations).
My personal favorite:
Mr. Obama’s labor secretary, longtime union ally and former California Rep. Hilda Solis, is the daughter of a Teamsters shop steward. She recently moved to quash a Bush administration regulation that would have increased scrutiny of union finances to root out corruption.
"I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, and to my administration, labor unions are a big part of the solution," Mr. Obama said in a video address to the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s March meeting in Miami, Fla.
Here’s a little teaser about Hilda Solis:
Hilda Solis has ties to DSA, the Socialist International and Communist Party USA. She travelled to Cuba "purpose not disclosed"" in April 2001 sponsored by the radical William C. Velasquez Institute, to the tune of $1,214.50
More about the far left labor movement at New Zeal.