Labor's David vs. GOP Goliath
From: Dick Meister
Unions, under heavy Republcan attack nationwide, are throwing lots of money and ground troops into the election campaigns of President Obama and other labor-friendly Democrats.
Organized labor is doing exactly what it must do to combat the onslaught against unions being waged by Republican politicians nationwide. Unions are throwing lots of money and lots of ground troops into the election campaigns of Democrats – most especially President Obama's campaign for re-election.
The AFL-CIO made it official with a ringing endorsement of Obama. Federation President Rich Trumka declared that "as president, Barack Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery and our full potential. So we're putting our faith in him."
Trumka acknowledged that the AFL-CIO has sometimes disagreed with Obama and "often pushed his administration to do more – and do it faster." But he said there never has been any doubt about Obama's commitment to working families.
On the other hand, Trumka noted, the Republicans seeking their...
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Commentator Dick Meister says unions will play a major role in this year's elections.OUTRO:
Dick Meister is a longtime labor and political journalist.