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Democrats and Big Labor: no lovefest

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Union supporters march in the "Charlotte Labor Day Parade" on September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Labor groups from across the state participated in the Labor Day event on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
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Organized Labor’s support of the Democratic Party is historically ironclad. In 2012, there is no change in Big Labor’s party of choice. Their zeal for the incumbent Democratic president, however, is tepid. For example, the United Mineworkers of America, who have chosen not to endorse a candidate in the presidential race. And, it’s been reported from Charlotte that some union officials have opted to not attend the convention at all due to the Democrats choosing a labor-unfriendly location in the right-to-work state of North Carolina. No big parties are being bankrolled by unions at this year’s convention, a significant shift.


Might lukewarm enthusiasm hurt Obama-friendly turnout? With organized labor’s power on the ebb, is this union-light convention a glimpse into the political future?


Matea Gold, writes about money and politics for the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune.

Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Analyst and Deputy Editor of Daily Briefings at the National Journal