The Hill‘s Blog Briefing Room reports that AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, and expected future federation President, Richard Trumka has told a liberal blog’s webchat audience that President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will not advance EFCA until after healthcare reform is done in Congress:

"The President/and Emanuel have both said they dont intend to bring Employee Free Choice Act up until Health Insurance Reform is done," Trumka wrote on the blog. "Which gives us an additional reason to do Health Insurance Reform now!"

Other notable remarks by Trumka included: 

"We WILL PASS EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT legislation, we will not allow our ‘friends’ to pass on this essential part of an economic recovery solution!" he said.

The labor leader also encouraged activists to "move the process along" in Massachusetts to ensure a quick successor for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in case of an absence, to fill his seat with a reliable 60th vote for cloture on the "card check" bill.