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Obama’s Chief of Staff

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By Peter

I don’t have a ton to say about Obama’s choice of Chief of Staff. I’ve written about the lovely Jack Lew before. When he was NYU’s Vice President he oversaw busting our union. I have lower wages, higher health care costs, and have seen a number of other terrible policies put into place in the years since Lew left. A union would not have fixed all these, but it would have at least let us fight back. In These Times has a good article about the situation:

In 2004, Jacob Lew was the first hire by newly-appointed New York University President John Sexton. Lew served as NYU’s chief operating officer and executive vice president for the following two years, during which NYU withdrew recognition from its graduate student employees union and punished some participants in the ensuing strike. UAW Local 2110 President Maida Rosenstein, whose local includes GSOC, says Lew was “the point person” in “representing management’s position” against the union. (Full disclosure: the UAW is an In These Times sponsor)

“Every single ruthless tactic from the playbook of union-busting was followed at NYU,” says NYU Professor Andrew Ross. Ross co-edited The University Against Itself, an anthology on the strike.

Of course, Lew, having only destroyed one union and only made a couple of million off subprime mortgages, probably has a better background than a good chunk of the other Obama appointees.


Written by Peter Wirzbicki

January 19, 2012 at 17:29

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Suspension of “mark to market” accounting further clouded the true financial picture of securities and mortgages the banks held.

    Caroline Vance donara

    January 31, 2012 at 17:02

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