In confirmation of some previous reports, from today's National Journal's lobbying blubs (they get the date wrong, fyi, it's May 10):
It's not nice to surprise John Sweeney. The AFL-CIO president was on a conference call with union chiefs on May 11, explaining the federation's ongoing talks with House Democratic leaders on trade policy, when word came that this self-same leadership was at that very moment announcing a bipartisan trade-policy deal at a press conference. Worse, the deal didn't sound quite like the one that labor leaders thought they had agreed to. Sweeney's next phone calls were, you guessed it, to Capitol Hill.