A good day for labor unions
I've noted in recent weeks that labor unions haven't been having such a good time of it in the Obama era. It's been better than the Bush era, of course, but the White House hasn't been as staunch an ally as some unions had hoped.
But the movement got good news this week when Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) was named chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee is essentially the Finance Committee of the House, with jurisdiction over most money issues (though Energy and Commerce share some of those powers). And Levin is one of labor's most committed allies, particularly on the trade and tax issues where Democratic administrations are often skeptical of Labor's agenda. And given that all those questions ultimately run through Congress, having a friend chairing Ways and Means gives labor a lot more leverage with the White House.
March 5, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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