President Bush heads to the American Midwest on this Labor Day holiday, the day set aside to honor workers in the United States. He will meet with union members in the states of Wisconsin and Michigan.
Labor unions tend to back Democratic Party candidates in elections. But President Bush is making an effort to lure them to the Republican fold.
Last weekend, he visited a Pennsylvania steel mill and addressed a company picnic. Mr. Bush won praise for his decision to launch an investigation into allegations foreign companies are selling steel in the United States at heavily subsidized prices. But leaders of the United Steelworkers of America used the occasion to urge the White House to do more.
Two more unions will get visits from the president on Labor Day. He plans to meet with carpenters in Wisconsin, and attend a Teamsters picnic in Michigan.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents most of the unionized truck drivers in the United States. It is at odds with the president over the issue of allowing Mexican trucks on American roads. But it is backing the White House in its efforts to win congressional approval for oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.