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Why Labor's Rank and File Won't Campaign for Obama

•, by Shamus Cooke
 A surreal fog hangs over U.S. labor unions’ enthusiastic endorsement of Barack Obama. When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced the labor federation's recent endorsement, the exaggerated pro-Obama comments likely surprised union members everywhere. Has President Trumka paid any attention to the labor policies of President Obama?

In his announcement Trumka stated that: "As president, Barack Obama has placed his faith in America’s working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery and our full potential. So we’re putting our faith in him." (March 13, 2012).

Sadly, Trumka's faith in Obama is not supported by any facts. The "proof" that Trumka gave to support the Obama endorsement was three-fold, and entirely misleading:
1) Obama's initial stimulus plan that created or "saved" 3.5 million jobs (a generous estimate).
2) Obama's health care plan
3) The Wall Street reform bill

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