AFL-CIO's Trumka warns of 'repeat of 1994' for Democrats in 2010

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Monday, January 11, 2010; 5:11 PM

By Alec MacGillis Move our way or watch us walk away in the 2010 elections, warned AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka just hours before meeting with President Obama and other labor leaders Monday to talk about health care legislation. If the health-care bill ends up including provisions anathema to organized labor -- as now appears quite likely -- and the White House and Congress don't show more aggressiveness on job creation, financial regulation and labor law reform, then Democrats risk seeing union members sit on their hands during the 2010 midterms, Trumka said in a speech at the National Press Club. "This is a moment that cries out for political courage, but it is not in much evidence," he said. Without it, he said, there could be a repeat of the 1994 midterm election Democratic wipeout. "In 1992, workers voted for Democrats who promised action on jobs, who talked about reining


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