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The liberal think tank is headed by John Podesta, who has teamed up with unions to support a number of President Barack Obama’s initiatives.
In a press release, Podesta called Burger “a longtime friend” of the Center for American Progress who has “been fighting hard for progressive ideas and policies for nearly 40 years.”
Burger retired as secretary treasurer of SEIU in August. Her departure followed a power shift at the union that began in April when the union’s longtime president, Andy Stern, stepped down.
Burger, who was an ally of Stern, dropped out of a race to replace him. After Mary Kay Henry was elected to succeed Stern in May, Henry indicated that she was reviewing the duties of all of her deputies including Burger.
At the time of her leaving SEIU, Burger was also chairwoman of Change to Win, a labor federation that broke away from the AFL-CIO five years ago.
Burger is a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
The State of Energy
While Washington will be gearing up soon for the president’s annual State of the Union address next year, the energy industry will be looking to its chief lobbyist to provide a look at the agenda for the near future.
Jack Gerard, the president of the American Petroleum Institute, will be delivering an address on the state of American energy on Jan. 4, according to a release issued by API, which represents major oil companies.
According to the release, Gerard will deliver “a major address” at the Newseum that will outline “how the nation can finally move beyond politics and begin to implement realistic policies that will allow it meet its energy needs.”
The oil industry has been at loggerheads with the Obama administration over issues such as offshore oil drilling and regulation of greenhouse gases.
Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.
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