"Well first of all, I have been involved with issues about labor for a great deal of my life, I come out of a union family and my mother and my father were very much involved in organizing."
Unlike a lobby or interest group, a union has a duty to provide a service to every worker covered in its agreement.
After lobbying by the nation's postal unions - and questions from non-partisan auditors about savings claims - a key GOP-run House committee reversed course.
The workers all say Christie did not make a required $900 million payment to the state and local workers' pension plan. He wants the workers to shoulder the load, instead.
The president directed the Labor Department to draft rules that clarify that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to LGBT couples, even in states where same-sex marriage is not legal.
The investigation into fundraising involving Walker and his campaign, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the state Chamber of Commerce and other groups began in 2012.
Themed "Building Retiree Power," the ARA convention focused on income inequality and preserving Americans' right to a secure retirement.
"Labor rights are now government-to-government in trade pacts, while corporate rights get to go over the top of governments."
The life of General Gordon Baker, Jr. was celebrated with a huge outpouring of many hundreds this past Saturday.
The "new populism" spoken of at the conference was described, defined and delivered with hope and realism.