Obama to appear at Labor Day rally with AFL-CIO president

President Obama will spend Labor Day alongside AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the union announced Monday.

Obama, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Trumka will all participate in a Labor Day “celebration and rally” in Milwaukee on Monday, an appearance confirmed by the White House this afternoon, which separately announced the president would travel to Wisconsin for the Laborfest.

The appearance is another recent sign of unity between Obama and Trumka — the pair had sometimes had an adversarial relationship over the past year on issues like stimulating the economy and healthcare reform. (Trumka had pushed for a heftier stimulus and the inclusion of a public option in the healthcare bill.)

But the Milwaukee appearance would be the second in about a month for Obama and Trumka. The president spoke in early August at a meeting of the union’s executive committee, where he promised to keep on pushing for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or “card check”) and other legislative priorities favored by the labor group.

The Labor Day appearance is part of a small barnstorm by top AFL-CIO officials on behalf of Democratic candidates during the holiday weekend. Trumka will appear with Gov. Ted Strickland (D) in Ohio on Sunday. Additionally, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler will campaign Monday with Jerry Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor of California, while Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker will campaign over the weekend in Florida, a state featuring a series of key congressional and statewide elections for Democrats this fall.


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