The majority of union members voted for President Barack Obama, helping to secure his win in key battleground states including Ohio and Wisconsin.
Union members voted for Obama by 65-33 percent, according to a national survey conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the AFL-CIO. Members of Working America, a non-union member organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO, voted for Obama by 66-32 percent this year.
Leaders of the AFL-CIO pointed to the labor movement’s grassroots efforts as driving this “victory” for working class Americans.
“Despite the title wave of corporate cash, in most cases secret corporate cash, this election proved that there is no match for the strength of grassroots people power,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said today on a conference call with reporters.
Now, Trumka says union activists will work to send a message to the leaders they helped elect to increase taxes on the wealthiest two percent of Americans and stop cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
“Quite frankly, the work doesn’t stop with elections,” said Trumka. Starting this week, AFL-CIO members will be talking to “members of Congress about the coming lame duck session and fiscal showdown.”