Organized labor will not allow a Republican to win the presidency, Michael Podherzer, the AFL-CIO's political director said.
Organized labor mobilized in congressional districts nationwide in August, with two top leaders saying union activists this year will take the place of the tea party radicals of 2009-10. And the unionists, leaders and organizers say, are mad.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.
Labor leaders say the nation's real crisis is not a debt crisis but an unemployment crisis and spending cuts could, in fact, spiral the country into an even deeper recession.