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Organized labor has close ties to the Democratic Party - but that doesn't mean Republicans can't win union support.

Take moderate GOP Sen. John Heinz. He has won a reelection endorsement from the Pennsylvania state AFL-CIO - even though several unions wanted the nomination to go to Democrat Cyril Wecht. Heinz has a 66 percent pro-labor voting record in the eyes of the AFL-CIO. In 1981, however, he supported the Reagan economic program, a position that should have disqualified him from backing by the labor federation.

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But building trades, and clothing and textile unions, among others, decided that Heinz softened that position when he called for a ''midterm correction'' in administration policy. They swung theirsupport to Heinz largely because of his tough stance on restricting imports, an important issue in Pennsylvania.

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