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We want elected leaders who think big. Today, two families control more wealth than half our population.

Working people are taking this historic 2016 election very seriously, and when we are inspired, there is no political force in America more powerful.

The AFL-CIO is launching a campaign blitz this week targeting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and GOP Rep. Joe Heck, running for Nevada’s open U.S. Senate seat. The labor federation is sending three mailers to more than 20,000 union households in Nevada.

Based on exit poll data for the 2012 election, over 70 percent of African American women voted in the election, 65.6 percent of white women, 62.6 percent of white men and 61.4 of African American men voted in the same election. “The reason why Black women made the difference is because we bring our entire household to the polls with us” said Carmen Berkley, director of Civil, Human and Woman’s Rights, AFL-CIO. “An investment in Black women is an investment in a number of different people within a particular household.”

“Women are more activist than men,” said AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, “and understand that Clinton supports collective bargaining, raising the minimum wage and paid time off for illness and family care.” This year the AFL-CIO is targeting women as an individual voting group for the first time in a presidential race. Earlier this month 15,000 women, three times as many as expected, joined a conference call Shuler led to discuss strategies for convincing coworkers and relatives to vote for Clinton.

AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Liz Shuler says focusing on a specific gender is a first for them. “Normally, our program can engage people in the election is, you know, pretty much on bread-and-butter labor issues. But this time we decided ‘Let’s put an economic agenda that is specifically designed for women.'”

As one prominent and much beloved Republican once said — actually, repeatedly said — "There you go again." Deep in a trove of leaked documents made public this week was the latest example of Republican candor over voter ID laws — this time in Wisconsin.

Not going to happen, said  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a gathering of labor leaders held at Ritter’s Diner this morning. "He's sinking like a rock” with union members, said Mr. Trumka, referring to a recent union membership survey that showed Mr. Trump with 36 percent support among union members in key swing states. That’s down five points from a previous survey and trailing 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, union leaders have said.

The largest U.S. labor federation is mounting a counter-attack against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his play for working class votes, sending thousands of activists and union members into working class neighborhoods in battleground states ahead of November’s election.

The AFL-CIO released an internal poll showing the Republican presidential nominee's support among rank-and-file members in key states dropped from 41% in June to just 36% now.