In the following chapters, I analyze the organization of labor politics in three Ohio metropolitan areas. Because the areas differ in economic, political, and social characteristics, labor and the political parties tend to confront different problems in coordinating their electoral efforts. The chapter focuses on the parties’ relations to major constituencies, the relations of COPE, labor’s political arm, to member unions and other unions not in COPE, and the party-labor system that emerges at election time. As indicated elsewhere, the evaluation of labor’s performance rests on two personal beliefs: that the labor movement is interested in its welfare as well as in that of other workers not so fortunate, and that for the attainment of working-class welfare, a modicum of labor political discipline is essential.
KeywordsDemocratic Party Party Leader Election Time Political Education Building Trade
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