(WASHINGTON TIMES) The nation’s largest labor federation says it is ready to unleash a new and improved political program ahead of the November elections, with expanded outreach and more volunteers than past elections.
AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka on Thursday outlined a strategy that will put an emphasis on grass-roots efforts over TV ads, vowing that at least 400,000 volunteers — 100,000 more than during the 2008 election season — soon will hit the streets nationwide in support of President Obama and other union-backed candidates.
“You won’t see us doing all the ads, all the anonymous ads,” he said during a briefing with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “We turn out people at the grass-roots level, something [anti-union groups and candidates] can’t do. And this time, we’re going to try to do it even better.”