Look for the union label. It’s Democratic.
Senate and House Democratic leaders — and the Democratic presidential candidates — are standing in solidarity with organized labor.
As the Senate debates the top agenda item of labor, the Employee Free Choice Act, designed to make it easier to organize in the workplace, it does so with the backing of virtually every top Democrat.
Though the labor movement has splintered — and may not consolidate around one Democratic White House hopeful — union clout was on display outside the Capitol on Tuesday at a rally to promote the cause.
Democratic 2008 rivals, in a variety of forums have pledged to appoint pro-union Labor secretaries. At the AFSCME meeting on Tuesday morning, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), recovering from earlier tepid performances before union groups — notably the International Association of Fire Fighters — said, “I think we can have a Department of Labor that actually understands, it’s the Department of Labor and not the Department of Management. I think we can have a president who is willing, from the Oval Office, to talk about unions and say, unions are a good thing.”
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