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Union leader Trumka's bleak view under a Republican-led House

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president, predicts that Democrats will defy conventional wisdom and keep control of the Senate and House in November. But if Republicans take over even just the House, 'any chance of progress will be ended,' says the union leader.

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Democrats will defy convention wisdom and keep control of both the Senate and House in November’s midterm elections, predicts Richard Trumka, America’s top labor union leader.

But if he is wrong and Republicans win control just of the House, “that means that any chance of progress will be ended,” despite the fact Barack Obama is still in the White House, says Mr. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday about the GOP’s chances, Trumka argued, “I think they get control of neither body.” His view of the outcome is at odds with several nonpartisan forecasters who see Republicans having very good odds of taking back the House and adding at least a handful of seats to their margin in the Senate.

To keep the conventional wisdom from proving to be correct, Trumka said, the AFL-CIO would be active in 400 races this fall.

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