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Union politics to go more local

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago September 26, 2013 Sep 26, 2013 Thursday, September 26 2013 September 26, 2013 6:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WASHINGTON- The AFL-CIO plans to shift more of its political resources into state and local campaigns, including targeting Republican governors considered anti-union.

Political director Michael Podhorzer says spending is expected to be the same or greater as the 2010 campaign cycle when the labor federation spent $53-million on federal and state races.

Top targets for defeat are the governors of Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. Unions have fought bitter battles there to keep collective bargaining rights.

The federation represents 57 unions with about 12-million members.

The group's political efforts will also boost Democrats in key congressional districts.

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