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Obama Names Senior Counselor for U.S. Manufacturing Policy

President Barack Obama has named Ron Bloom as Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy, a new position in the administration. According to a White House statement, Bloom is currently a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury assigned to the President's Task Force on the Automotive Industry, and will retain that role in addition to his new position. He is a former special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers Union, where his responsibilities included collective bargaining and advising companies facing financial problems. Bloom is also a former investment banker who was involved in transactions on behalf of the Steelworkers, the United Auto Workers, Teamsters, Air Line Pilots Association, and other major labor unions. He holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. "Distinguished by his extraordinary service on the Auto Task Force and his extensive experience with both business and labor, Ron has the knowledge and experience necessary to lead the way in creating the good-paying manufacturing jobs of the future," said Obama in the statement. "We must do more to harness the power of American ingenuity and productivity so that we can put people back work and unleash our full economic potential." Said Bloom, "As we meet the challenges of globalization and technological change, it is vital to have a concerted effort across the administration to support an innovative, vibrant manufacturing sector."

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