As representative of the Alliance of Retired Americans. I attended the meeting described below, with Deputy Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris. He gave us information on improvements the Obama administration has made. Sadly, they don’t seem to make the news. So I made a few notes which I thought were worth sharing. Every dollar of unemployment income received creates two dollars in the market place. 70% of the U.S. economy depends on consumer spending. Obama’s administration has changed the rules so now employees only need a simple majority to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board finally has it’s full complement of appointees. Previous government postings in the work place indicated workers had a right not to join the union. Now postings say workers have the right to unionize. The labor dept. is now getting input from the unions in creating programs for workers. The labor dept. is addressing the problem of misclassified workers ( this is their term for work done by consultants instead of employees). He told about an egregious situation in some hotels. The maids who clean are not employees. They are independent contractors who have to rent a floor, and buy their cleaning materials from the hotel. Then they clean and are paid what’s left of their earnings ! There is more, but enjoy the following memo from Mark Case.