As the 2016 election season begins to ramp up and with Barack Obama wielding his Executive pen, as well as Republicans holding both chambers of Congress, Democrats and unions are beginning to lay the foundation for what will be the end of Obama’s second term and the campaign themes for the next presidential nominee.
The Obama administration is planning a White House summit on worker issues, POLITICO has learned.
The event, tentatively set for the fall, is still in its earliest planning stages, and may turn out to be a series of White House events rather than just one. It will include discussion of how to encourage collective bargaining, a source close to the discussions said.
Planning for the summit comes at a time when the White House is pushing for more labor-friendly policies as part of its middle-class economics agenda, and as unions are losing power in former strongholds like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.
While cynicism may be noted, to be clear, the so-called “worker” summit that the Obama Administration is calling the soirée will be hosting (presumably) in the Fall will be little more than a meeting of union bigwigs, Democrat policymakers and some hand-picked “workers” from around the country.