NYT: Obama to Host Workers’ Voice Summit at White House


President Obama has had a sometimes rocky relationship with unions — and the workers they represent. Just this week, union leaders expressed displeasure at the administration’s concluding of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that unions fear will be bad for workers.

[Reposted from The New York Times  |  Michael Shear  |  October 7, 2015]

But that has not stopped Mr. Obama from wooing workers. On Wednesday, the White House will host the “Summit on Worker Voice,” an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues.

“It’s in the numbers,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, writes in an email Wednesday morning. “Firms with unionized workers have higher retention and higher productivity.”

Mr. Obama has won praise from some unions for enacting overtime rules, expanding access to paid leave, helping to enact an equal pay act for women and pushing — so far unsuccessfully in Congress — for an increase in the minimum wage.

The Worker Voice summit meeting will be going on all day, starting with a breakfast in the East Wing. But the centerpiece of the day will be remarks by Mr. Obama, who aides said would “start a conversation with workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how we can energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work.”


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  • commented 2015-10-08 09:36:43 -0400
    None of the big government appeasement of the American worker will matter if we continue to allow corporations to continue to use predatory capitalism to hold the American worker and economy hostage. Please read the enlightening book “Killing The Host” by Michael Hudson. We must stop the multi national corporations from rigging the system with the "extend and pretend " business model. There is no such thing as a free lunch or unearned income as the plutocrats say because someone some where is paying for it somehow. Free Marketing is a code word for more free lunches for the 1% ers as the global elite find themselves holding a larger share of global capital after every engineered bubble crash. Labor becomes weaker making it easier to engineer the next economic bubble. If we gain $78B in new trade how does that offset the $700B/yr. in traded goods we are loosing? We need a leader who can bring Balanced Trade with all countries and to reign in predatory capitalism at the same time. IMHO.