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Obama, Senate Wins Show `People Power,' Trumka Says

November 07, 2012

President Barack Obama’s re-election and the victories of Democratic Senate candidates yesterday show the importance of “people power” in U.S. politics, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

The wins by Senator Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tim Kaine in Virginia -- all Democrats -- along with voter rejection of a California ballot initiative that would have restricted union fund-raising, show that labor organizing efforts can succeed as corporate campaign contributions increase, Trumka said today in a news conference with labor-movement leaders in Washington.

“This election proved there is no substitute for grass- roots people power,” Trumka said. “Voters got it.”

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