Organized labor gives Obama high grades so far - White House- msnbc.com So far, so good, union leaders say in assessing President Barack Obamas performance in his first two months in office. The Obama team could be much harder in bargaining with the counterparties to AIGs investment insurance contracts, he said. Those counterparties have included banks and financial firms such as Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Obama has been an incredibly strong advocate for working families in this country, said Anna Burger, head of Change to Win. You hear members of Congress not being as big and bold as he is. In this economic crisis facing our country, this is the time for big and bold action. Thea Lee, policy director of the AFL-CIO labor confederation, pointed to Obama signing into law a bill making it easier for workers to file suit in cases of alleged sex discrimination, and a bill to expand taxpayer-provided medical insurance for children of low-income families. Pretty high marks for the Obama administration, given the depths of the economic crisis they face, Lee said.