Big Labor is already spending millions in workers’ dues money to push a legislative agenda chock full of new privileges for union officials. Now, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Democrat Steering and Outreach Committee, is saying thank you. She has met with union bosses underscoring “the party’s determination to work hand-in-hand with outside advocacy groups to raise public support for bills on the Democratic agenda,” according to The Hill newspaper.
The bosses of Big Labor met with Stabenow and other steering committee members such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Democrat Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) — the first such formal encounter since Democrats took control in January.
“Labor’s (sic) been a huge partner with Democrats during a lot of dark years when their agenda was not on the table,” said a Democrat aide. “There will be a lot of agreement in that room . . . .”