AFL-CIO’s Trumka Optimistic About Midterms

AFL-CIO's Trumka Is Optimistic About the Midterms


AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addresses the United Auto Workers union 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit June 13.  REBECCA COOK/REUTERS



BIG LABOR IS OPTIMISTIC about the 2018 midterm elections because, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, progressives have been working together to oust anti-labor Republicans.

“There’s been this real upsurge in collective action where people say the political system isn’t working for me, the economic system isn’t working for me, so how am I going to make change?” Mr. Trumka said in an interview last week. “They’ve worked with each other.”

The AFL-CIO’s list of “targeted races” includes 11 contests for Senate, 13 for governor, 26 for the House and the fight for control of 23 state legislative chambers. Every competitive Senate race is on the list except for West Virginia, where Democrat Joe Manchin is seeking re-election, and Tennessee.

“People are looking for candidates who will change the rules of the economy to make it work for them,” Mr. Trumka said. “There are a lot of non-labor candidates who realize that unless the rules of the economy change, too many people are going to be left behind.”

In the interview, Mr. Trumka repeatedly declined to say what the union budget for the midterms will be.

“How much money you spend isn’t the sign of effectiveness,” he said. “If it was, Republicans would win every time.”



Reid J Epstein

Oct 8, 2018 at 4:31 pm ET