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

"And there are 85 million hard working Americans who would agree with that," Trump said. "We have to address the issues of over-taxation and over-regulation and the lack of access to credit markets to get our small business owners thriving again. Rolling back the overtime regulation is just one example of the many regulations that need to be addressed to do that. We would love to see a delay or a carve-out of sorts for our small business owners."

The AFL-CIO expects Virginia unionists to lead the way in the labor movement's plans for its most ambitious get-out-the-vote effort yet, the union federation's national president said here Friday. The reason, said Richard Trumka, is a ballot initiative in this key battleground state that aims to embed an anti-union clause into the state Constitution.

In a full-throttled rejection of Donald J. Trump’s economic policies, Hillary Clinton on Thursday accused him of feigning a connection to the working man, while advocating policies that would "work for him and his friends, at the expense of everyone else."

That word "workers" made sense only if Trump was talking about hedge-fund workers, venture-capitalist workers or chief-executive workers. As Binyamin Appelbaum reported in the New York Times, "Only a very few American workers are subject to estate taxes, and those subject to the tax are usually not termed ‘workers.’ Under current law, a married couple can shield up to $10.9 million of their estate from any federal taxation. The estate tax hits roughly two of every 1,000 American estates, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research organization." David Graham of the Atlantic put the matter rather nicely, noting that the proposal "would not help many blue-collar workers, though it might benefit Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron."

If the plan works as designed—and there's every indication it will—some 100,000 volunteers will answer the call of the Working America Coalition to speak with working families across America about the need to support candidates who support them. "We will work closely with the three million member Working America," Coalition leaders announced. We know that "when working people speak with a loud and strong voice, pro-worker candidates win."

Labor leaders vowed Thursday to defeat the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and candidates for federal office who favor it. Most Republican lawmakers have tended to back free-trade agreements, saying they open markets for American exports, while many Democrats have opposed the pacts, insisting they give low-wage countries an unfair advantage.

The labor community is rallying around Hillary Clinton following her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate. The AFL-CIO will begin campaigning for Clinton in full force this weekend with a series of events in battleground states such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri and Nevada. “Working people are unified behind Hillary Clinton and are ready to defeat Donald Trump in November,” the AFL-CIO said Friday.

Tefere Gebre serves as executive vice president of the national AFL-CIO, and he plans to come to Florida for this weekend's events. He said not only is Florida critical to any candidate that wants to win the White House, it is a "ground zero" for many of the major issues facing the nation. "Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, everybody from around the world, people who want to marry whoever they want to marry, and people who really urgently want to raise their wages," he said.