Unions flex political muscle

By John Seewer, thenews-messenger.com

Whether Ohio’s blue-collar workers were motivated by the auto bailout or lingering bitterness over a Republican-led attempt to limit collective bargaining, it’s clear that the state’s labor unions remain a political force when united.

Organized labor claimed credit for President Barack Obama’s victory in Ohio after union members and their allies flooded the state with mailers, phone calls and home visits in the days leading up to the election.

Sixty percent of voters from union households in Ohio threw their support behind Obama, while the rest of the state’s voters were split between the president and Republican Mitt Romney, according to exit poll results for The Associated Press.


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