Promises, Promises: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Record on Labor Reform

Source: Anne Marie Lofaso, New Labor Forum, Vol. 20 no. 2, Spring 2011
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The 2008 election cemented a Democratic congressional majority. Having helped elect Obama, labor had high expectations for the administration and hoped the new president (and Congress) would protect working-class Americans’ interests. It seemed a perfect opportunity to advance a progressive agenda, including strengthening participatory workplace democracy and raising the floor of social and economic rights for workers. This essay provides an overview of what was accomplished, what was not, and where the hope still lies.

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