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Union Officials Meet With Obama, White House Aides

President Barack Obama and senior union officials met at the White House Monday afternoon for a discussion of health care reform and several other issues, according to the White House.

Labor leaders are deeply concerned about White House backing for taxing “Cadillac— health plans, which some union members have, to help pay for health care reform. The discussion also focused on plans by Obama and Congressional Democrats to push a “jobs— package once the health care bill is finished.

Union leaders met with White House staff after their session with the president, according to one Obama aide, pointing to a substantive discussion.

“The president and labor leaders had an exchange of views and had a productive discussion about their shared commitment to health reform that will lower health costs for American workers and their families, protect them from unfair insurance company practices, and enable employers to create jobs and raise wages,— said a White House official.

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