Greg Sargent reports that top White House advisers are headed to the AFL-CIO headquarters today for a make-up meeting. Patrick Gaspard and Jen O'Malley represented the White House, though no one -- at least no one I know -- thinks they were the source of the offending comments. I do wonder how comforted labor can be by lower-level administration officials being forced to travel across town and beg forgiveness as higher-level administration officials continue to fume.
Update: Sam Stein notes that this was a regularly-scheduled meeting, not a special meeting to discuss the post-Arkansas chill. He also points out that personnel changes are likely to let the tense relationship between the White House and labor get even tenser:
Through it all there was one thing (or person) keeping the relationship at an amiable level. That was Andy Stern, a close ally of the president who, as head of the Service Employees International Union, had visited the White House more than any other union leader. When Stern retired last month, the connections between labor and the administration frayed, far more so that has been reported. There is, currently, serious debate as to whether anyone can replace the emissary role that he played.
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