Obama Administration Snubs Mayors

Representatives of the Obama Administration, including VP Biden, were set to be a part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last week, but they cancelled their appearance so as not to cross a union picket line outside.
June 18, 2009, 2pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Neal Pierce says that the Obama Administration's policy of barring its officials from crossing union picket lines is a dangerous precedent. Mayors he spoke with were very disappointed.

"'We're shocked,' said Thomas Cochran, Executive Director of the mayors association: 'Every time you go to one of these meetings, somebody is out in front protesting about this or that We had high hopes for this administration. In a way, the White House has taken sides with the union against the mayors.'"

"The administration has clearly offended the mayors, among its top allies and potential collaborators."

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Published on Thursday, June 18, 2009 in Citiwire.net
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