Organized labor will not allow a Republican to win the presidency, Michael Podherzer, the AFL-CIO's political director said.
Union leaders say Verizon management, taking its lead from right-wing GOP governors, is trying to kill public support for its striking workers by portraying them as an overpaid elite.
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 AFL-CIO is mapping plans to educate its members, other workers and the wider electorate in how to overcome efforts to suppress the right to vote.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.