The AFL-CIO Executive Council today welcomed a new member, Ken Howard, president of the Screen Actors (SAG). Howard, who was elected to lead the actor’s union in September 2009, replaces former SAG President Alan Rosenberg.
Convening for a one-day meeting in Washington, D.C., the council heard from Ron Bloom, senior counselor to President Obama for manufacturing policy and a former staff member at the United Steelworkers (USW). The council and union leaders have repeatedly called on the Obama administration to quickly enact a national industrial policy to foster and sustain growth in the nation’s manufacturing industries. Increasing our manufacturing capacity is critical as the world prepares to move toward a green economy.
The council members discussed putting together an aggressive national jobs program. At the AFL-CIO’s Constitutional Convention in September, delegates approved a comprehensive economic recovery policy, including a JOBS Now! Initiative. They called for the federation to work with the government at all levels to adopt policies and programs to put people back to work.