Politico’s Ben Smith seems to be a reporter embedded with labor leaders. He’s the guy that broke the Andy Stern resignation story and has had a lot of the scoop on what’s happening in the bedrooms within the House of Labor.
If this is indeed the back-door route that the new BMOC in DC is going to take on a bill that is bound to kill millions of more jobs, then politicians had better start reading the bills before they vote on them.
UPDATE: 4:13 PM:
Politico’s Ben Smith adds to his discussion with AFL-CIO boss Trumka, which includes optimism on a labor re-unification:
The AFL removed a giant EFCA banner from its Washington headquarters today, prompting speculation of a quiet concession of defeat.
“It was just starting to rip,” he said. “We’ll put up another one. We’re still working hard.”
“We’ll find something to tack it on,” he said (of the legislation, not the banner)
Trumka also said he was optimistic that incoming SEIU President Mary Kay Henry would bring that giant union back into the AFL-CIO.
“Obviously, the door is open. I think she has shown an interest in it,” he said, adding that he hadn’t spoken to Henry since she consolidated internal SEIU support. “She has said and her supporters have said they’re tired of being isolated.”
“You had six leaders at the international level who tried an experiment that obviously didn’t work, and now it’s time to bring everybody back,” he said of the breakaway Change to Win group.
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