Union Do’s and Don’ts For the Democrats
Shortly after John Sweeney became president of the AFL-CIO in 1995, he and Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and longtime chairman of the AFL-CIO's political committee, developed a successful program for getting-out-the-vote for the pro-labor candidates in the 2000 election. Now that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill is law, the AFL-CIO is expanding this program. Recently, Steve Rosenthal, director of the AFL-CIO's political program became the director of the labor-backed Partnership for America's Families. The Partnership is working with other democratic groups to develop a strategy for the key states in the 2004 presidential election. With union membership at an all time low, the Partnership is also working to augment the labor vote by mobilizing the rest of the Democratic base.