Labor's star rises in North Carolina politics

Organized labor took a risk this year, pouring money and manpower into campaigns in North Carolina, traditionally one of the most anti-union states in the country. The gamble paid off in the election of U.S. Sen.-elect Kay Hagan, Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue, U.S. Rep.-elect Larry Kissell and President-elect Barack Obama.Now union leaders want their help to make it easier to organize North Carolina's workers and to permit public employees in the state to engage in collective bargaining.

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