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.
As might be expected in a presidential election year, politics will take center stage when the AFL-CIO Executive Council meets.
The party cleavage was stark in the GOP-run House last year on key votes. Unions use the AFL-CIO figures as part of their evaluations when deciding, locally, whether to support or oppose an incumbent lawmaker.
CWA's statement praised Obama but also took hard shots at the current GOP leader, former Massachusetts Governor and Bain Capital CEO Mitt Romney.
Even the jobless benefits bill, which both parties agree upon, is hung up by a partisan dispute over how to pay for the $150 billion measure.
AFA-CWA filed on Jan. 6 with the National Mediation Board for a recognition election among the 53 U.S.-based flight attendants of Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline.
"It's a new day, a new labor movement," and "victory can come to the 99 percent if we stand united," said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker.
Yet another right-wing attempt to curb unions' political activism, by cutting off money, landed before the Supreme Court today.
Another right-wing effort to throw public worker unions out of politics hit the U.S. Supreme Court agenda.