Labor groups quick to demand Franken be seated

Labor groups, anxious to gain another vote in the Senate for their top legislative priorities, were quick to praise Democrat Al Franken's tentative victory in the Minnesota Senate race.

Among the bevy of releases commenting on the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday rejecting former Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) appeal of a trial court's ruling in favor of Franken were some from organized labor, which demanded Franken be seated as quickly as possible.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said "it is essential that Minnesotans have both their Senators to represent them and we urge Governor Pawlenty to immediately sign the election certificate so Franken can get to work" in a statement released shortly after the decision.

"Now that the Minnesota Supreme Court has made its final ruling, it is time to recognize Al Franken as the duly elected Senator from Minnesota," SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger said. "We call on Governor Pawlenty to pursue the state