NEW YORK — On Election Day, voters in this state strongly rejected the Republican tide that swept much of the country - but they went a step farther in statewide races by giving more than 100,000 votes to the Working Families Party.
The number one issue concerning voters is the same for union families: the economy and jobs.
On Election Day today union members are continuing their push right up until the polls close.
President Obama summed up his closing arguments for the 2010 midterm election at a get-out-the-vote event here Saturday that was bigger than any election rally ever held in this city.
CHICAGO - By noon Oct. 29, union members were close to having called 500,000 people in Illinois about the Nov. 2 elections, here at what the Operating Engineers say is the nation's biggest, most state-of-the-art phone bank.
MELROSE PARK, Ill. - "We need to elect leaders that are friendly to labor and understand that what we need is more jobs, because without jobs, this country can't operate," said Ralph Porter, longtime Navistar worker.
CHICAGO (PAI) - Union leaders and members are in a mad dash to the finish for the 2010 election cycle with leaders crisscrossing the country to concentrate on key races - even phone-banking on Election Day itself - while workers are making home visits, giving shop-floor talks and leafleting.
"Many pronounced the cause hopeless, but fortunately we had the support of this community and we had the support of Gov. Strickland."
The fight is on in this state, but an intensive campaign by union members knocking on the doors of their co-workers' homes to talk about the elections is breaking through the right-wing noise.
"We're everywhere, not just in the east or the western part of the state," said Liz McElroy of the AFL-CIO.