Speaking today in Michigan, President Obama put himself on the side of labor in its conflict with Michigan’s governor and state legislature that is pushing through “right to work” legislation. The President even said that such laws mean “you have the right to work for less money.” Great words, golden words, but we have heard words from this president in the past. What will he do? Actions matter.
In his first four years, the President has done little to help labor. He is currently said to be supporting a Pacific trade bill that would be as bad or worse than NAFTA. He also champions education “reform,” which is a smoke screen for busting teacher unions and enabling corporations to profit from public education. Labor supported Mr. Obama. It is time for him and other Democrats to return the favor. If they don’t, the elections of 2014 could be worse for the Democrats than 2010.