There’s a "perfect storm" gathering that may well sweep away Republican control of the Congress this fall. It is a storm fueled by three developments:

First, profound economic trends have strained working families to the breaking point. Workers have been left out of our nation’s economic recovery -- and their disenchantment is exacerbated by the failures they see in Iraq and Washington.

Second, voters are painfully aware of these problems and pocketbook issues will be top voting issues this fall. And finally, the AFL-CIO is making the largest effort in our history in an off-year election, driving home these pocketbook issues with a huge ground campaign.

Why do unions engage in political action at this level?

For workers, a “perfect storm