In an unusually strong and early statement, the AFL-CIO pledged today to mobilize members and to do its utmost to prevent President Bush's reelection. The federation, which represents over 13 million workers, claims that Bush has helped the rich, hurt working families and had the worst record in creating jobs of any president since the 1930's. They have also released a six-page report that details 24 actions by Bush that harmed labor or workers. Bush's supporters say the AFL-CIO does not appreciate what he is doing for the economy and a White House spokesman urged the Federation to focus on current Congressional issues rather than the 2004 election.
See Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, February 25, 2003