NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama will spend Labor Day with workers in detroit.
Unions used to be a shoo-in vote for democrats.
Now, they're distancing themselves and urging the president to boldly challenge businesses to hire more workers.
"I think the President should challenge the patriotism of these american corporations that are sitting on the sidelines," said James Hoffa, Teamsters President.
On Saturday, the President urged congress to pass a transportation bill that he says could save a million american jobs.
The President will lay out his own jobs plan Thursday.
He'll likely pitch building roads and bridges, extending unemployment, payroll tax cuts, and tax breaks for businesses that hire workers.
"I don't think you can have a program that simply gives more tax breaks to the very people who got us in this trouble in the first place," said Representative Maxine Waters of California.
The nation's unemployment rate is stagnant at 9.1 percent.
Including those working part-time and those who've stopped looking for work, today there are over 25 million people in the U.S. out of work.