Obama scant on details from secret AFL-CIO meeting, critics bill it up to more union favoritism from WH

Matthew Boyle
The Daily Caller

President Barack Obama met behind closed doors with labor union bosses from the AFL-CIO on Tuesday morning.

It’s unclear what happened in the closed-door meeting, which Obama fit into his schedule before the smoke began settling after the debt ceiling deal. Spokespeople for the Obama administration have not responded to The Daily Caller’s requests comment on what specifically was talked about with the union bosses, including AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

Union spokesperson Alison Omens said the meeting was about fixing the nation’s economic issues and job creation, but she didn’t provide specifics either. “This morning’s meeting with the general board of the AFL-CIO was a conversation about the urgent need to focus on job-creating policies that will propel working people and our economy forward,” Omens said, according to an Agence France-Presse story. “Working people are desperate to hear how we’re going to focus on the real economy and the jobs crisis, and President Obama conveyed his own feeling of urgency around dealing with the jobs crisis.”

That response doesn’t satisfy critics, especially since no specific details about what occured during the secret meeting have made it into the public sphere. Crossroads GPS spokesman Jonathan Collegio told The Daily Caller that Obama’s latest secret meeting with AFL-CIO bosses smells like there are more political favors for Big Labor on the horizon. Collegio thinks this is Trumka’s and other union bosses’ way to plan how they’ll work together heading in 2012…

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