Below are excerpts of a speech by Richard Trumka to the Center for National Policy, a think tank that in concentrated on national security issues.
With the presidential campaign in full swing following President Obama's formal re-election announcement, two top unions jumped in hard.
The AFL-CIO described it as "deeply disappointing and troubling."
The right wing's use of the Supreme Court to try to destroy President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act endangers the very health of the American people.
"As president, Barack Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery and to our full potential as a nation," Richard Trumka said during the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.
The AFT, like a number of other unions, had already endorsed President Barack Obama before this meeting.
Labor-backed Interfaith Worker Justice is mobilizing support for home health care workers.
Podhorzer said that by the end of today the AFL-CIO would be kicking off its 2012 election effort by issuing an official endorsement of President Obama's bid for re-election.
"This is the right time to do the right thing for a man who proved he is right for the job," said Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.
Republicans on the highly partisan House Education and the Workforce Committee blasted President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB.