Chicago Unions Flex Political Muscle
Moberg, David, In These Times
FRUSTRATED WITH CITY hall's tilt to a business elite, Chicago's labor unions decided to send Mayor Richard M. Daley a message: The "city that works" doesn't work for working families. In the February and April elections, the labor movement broke with the city's fabled but feeble Democratic machine, and helped oust key Daley allies and elect seven new members to the 50-seat city council.
Despite scandals engulfing his top aides, the mayor easily won his sixth term in February against weak opponents. But the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL)-for decades a pillar of the city's machine politics-did not endorse Daley (although the building trades did). Instead, unions spent roughly $3 …
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Publication information: Article title: Chicago Unions Flex Political Muscle. Contributors: Moberg, David - Author. Magazine title: In These Times. Volume: 31. Issue: 6 Publication date: June 2007. Page number: 9+. © Institute for Public Affairs, Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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