POLITICO: Labor vows to give Democrats a jolt

Assembled here for the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention, less than a year after unions played a pivotal role in helping Democrats win a powerful popular victory in the 2012 presidential election, labor leaders from across the country voiced impatience and exasperation with national politicians whom they say take union members for granted.

As a result, union leaders say they are more determined than ever to forge an independent path for organized labor — not turning their backs on Democrats but focusing their substantial resources on helping officeholders and candidates who actually champion their issues.

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