Must Have Gotten Lost in the Mail. Oh, Hello, Mr. Stern

By December 4, 2009Economy, Labor Unions

Below we note criticism of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth from two prominent Republicans, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH).

Gingrich and Boehner raise a criticism we’ve seen elsewhere, that the President excluded important employer groups like the Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, and the National Association of Manufacturing.

Eh. We’re not inclined to complain. As these posts demonstrate, there were plenty of manufacturers among the 130 attendees and they provided good input. The White House has said in the past it wants to hear from the actual company leaders, the employers in the trenches, and fair enough.

But …

If that’s the theory, then shouldn’t organized labor’s representatives have been the heads of local unions, the men and women dealing with job loss and creation in their home communities? It’s not as if Andy Stern doesn’t have enough opportunity already to talk to White House officials.

Instead …

  • Mark Ayers, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Larry Cohen, Communications Workers of America
  • Edward Wytkind, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Ed Hill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • William Hite, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Leo Gerard, United Steel Workers
  • Terry O’Sullivan, Laborers International Union of North America
  • James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Anna Burger, Change To Win
  • Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • John Wilhelm, Unite Here
  • Joe Hansen, United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union
  • Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers

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