Thursday, August 21, 2008

Labor’s fight against racism has impact

CHICAGO — The leaders of America’s labor movement are calling upon white union members to put aside any racial biases that could undermine Barack Obama’s labor-supported effort to become President of the United States. The AFL-CIO, at its executive council meeting here Aug. 5, echoed similar calls put forward recently by leaders of the Steelworkers and the Miners unions.

If recent polls are indicative the effort is working. Obama has a 10-point lead over McCain among white workers earning less than $27,000 per year and a two-to-one lead over McCain among all workers in this category. An Aug. 4, Washington Post poll shows Obama out-performing both John Kerry who lost the white vote by 17 points in 2004 and Al Gore who lost the white vote by 12 points in 2000. The last Democratic candidate for president to win a majority of the white vote was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

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