Labor And The Gop: A Shoot Out In California

And unions have come up with some ammo of their own

Organized labor is gearing up to fight its biggest threat since Republicans captured Congress in 1994: GOP-sponsored legislation that would force unions to get annual written permission from members before donating money to political campaigns. "These initiatives are an attempt by conservatives and business to silence the voice of working families," AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney says simply. So, on Feb. 7, he planned to convene a war council of several hundred top union political directors to plot a counterattack.

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