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VP Biden, Labor Secretary Solis to Meet with AFL-CIO’s Trumka

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From The Los Angeles Times“:

Public schedule of Vice President Joe Biden for Thursday, Feb. 24:

At 10:45 AM, the Vice President and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will meet with President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and with presidents of AFL-CIO labor organizations.

Here’s a good conversation starter, discussing this statement: “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

That’s George Meany, former head of the AFL-CIO.

Meany’s comments were backed up by the advice in 1959 from AFL-CIO’s Executive Council: “In terms of accepted collective bargaining procedures, government workers have no right beyond the authority to petition Congress—a right available to every citizen.”

Odd timing for a meeting. It almost looks like counter-programming from the White House, as the President later today convenes the first meeting of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Oh, wait, Trumka’s on the council.

Here are a few questions reporters might pose to him in conjunction with this afternoon’s public meeting: “The AFL-CIO’s affiliate in Madison, Wisc., has endorsed calling a general strike if the Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and collective bargaining bill passes. Do you support a general strike? Did you think a general strike would improve America’s global competitiveness and standing in the eyes of employers as a good place to do business?”

More from James Sherk at the Heritage Foundation, who supplied the Meany quotes.

Card Check: Reading Sen. McGovern Out of the Movement

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From Jane Hamsher, the drum majorette of the marching left, at the Huffington Post, “Feinstein, Specter Compromises Pave the Way for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act”:

George McGovern was recently dis-invited from the Progressive Magazine’s 100th anniversary event because of his outspoken opposition to the bill on behalf of his good friend Rick Berman.  If McGovern is interested in reclaiming his reputation among progressives as something more than the pawn of a right wing astroturfing scumbag, he now has the opportunity to acknowledge that these compromises would satisfy his concerns.

Not countenanced: The possibility that McGovern reached his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act through reason, principle, and personal experience as a business owner, as described in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The ‘Free Choice’ Act Is Anything But.”

In any case, the Progressive Magazine is now shunning him as a deviationist. Better tear down those photos of George Meany, too.

Elsewhere among the Internet drum and fife corps is this report from the AFL-CIO Blog, “Netroots Nation Salon: The Fight for Employee Free Choice, Online and Off.” Stewart Acuff claims, “You play the game all the way through. This is a dynamic process, and we’re at the 3-yard line—you can’t just walk off the field now.”

Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. In any case, these entries always read like propaganda from the party line. No creative thinking, admission of fault, or engagement with the issues — just rhetoric to march to.

UPDATE (8:15 a.m.): Now that we do some more reading, other accounts have McGovern withdrawing himself, siting a scheduling conflict. The Progressive Magazine’s 100th anniversary International was held in Madison, Wisc., at the start of the month.