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Politicians still seek the labor vote

Just before Democrats convened in Springfield last week, local union leaders held their traditional breakfast rally. This year, the main purpose was to fire up the troops for Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat who is challenging Republican Senator Scott Brown.

“We’re in a fight for our lives,” Lou Mandarini Jr., the secretary-treasurer of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, told a packed ballroom. “It’s a fight for survival.”

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