While American unions appreciate the difficult situation Barack Obama is in, they are growing more critical of his policies and demand more jobs, tax reform and more union-friendly legislation, writes David Moberg in an article in In these times.
At a union meeting, Vice-President Joe Biden tried to iron out differences: “You have a hard time explaining why the guys you elected haven’t been able to do more....What’s happening? A year later and I don’t have a job....We get it. We get the fact that you guys are under a lot of pressure, too.” However, he reportedly evaded questions from the audience about specific policy initiatives.
On 15 March, union federation AFL-CIO will launch a week of protests for social reforms. As yet, President Richard Trumka declined to criticise the Obama government. However, a historian argued that in the past, union and social movements had succeeded most with Democratic administrations by being ‘troublesome and unreliable allies’.
Image: Trumka wearing his ‘Rich Trumka for Obama’ button, during Obama’s election campaign. Photo: AFL-CIO.