DETROIT — With an official unemployment rate of 17%, what better place than the Motor City for Vice President Joe Biden to announce grants of over $2.4 billion to auto companies and suppliers to research and develop the next generation of automotive batteries for the electric car.
Several SEIU workers got thrown out of a Capitol Hill meeting this week of a group called the Alliance For Worker Freedom. It was a panel discussion about the Employee Free Choice Act. But when the workers from SEIU tried to attend, security was called and they were escorted out.
A meeting of the AFL-CIO’s executive council in Silver Springs, Md., ended July 28 with declarations calling for a new New Deal modeled after the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s, a massive second economic stimulus package, passage of health care reform with a strong public option and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.