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Topic - Gerald W. Mcentee
More than a third of the nation's $9.3 trillion in pension assets belong to state and local government employees, even though they make up only 15 percent of the U.S. work force, a study shows.
Gerald W. McEntee, president of one of the nation's largest unions, said the labor movement was damaged when the FBI linked a competing union to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's effort to sell Illinois' U.S. Senate seat and it hurts labor's push to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, unions' big legislative priority.
Mr. McEntee said his union has told Mr. Obama's team that it would like to see any stimulus spending bill include at least $100 billion in aid for state and local governments, split between the next two years.
Mr. McEntee said unions themselves have not done a good job of educating voters about the Employee Free Choice Act and about unions' importance to the middle class overall.