For AFL-CIO, a makeup test
If the special election of 2010 was traumatic for Democrats, it was positively cataclysmic for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Steve Tolman leads. “That was a debacle,” he says. “That was a nightmare.” After Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley, a poll found that a whopping 49 percent of union voters had gone with the Republican. If Tolman can bring those votes home, he’ll hand Elizabeth Warren a victory -- and resurrect the labor organization he took over a year ago.