Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, was Wednesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"These are the most difficult, challenging times.... With [the Republicans' Nov. 2 election] victory, [labor is] much more in the bull's-eye."
"[The president] has tele-graphed what he is going to do in many areas in his second term. None of this is worker-friendly-type regulation or proposed legislation.... I think we can stop some of them. I don't know that we can stop all of them."
"[The president] has overplayed his hand. It is one of the rare errors and mistakes that they have made strategically in terms of the American people. I think they are failing on that. We are trying to help with their failure."
"This has probably been the most lively, spirited debate that we have had in the American labor movement in years and years. The [AFL-CIO] has been around for a long, long time. There have not been any substantial, discernable changes in the federation. It was about time that we looked at it."