The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 14, 1968 · Page 17
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 17

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 14, 1968
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Palm Beach Post, Thurs., November 14, 1968 Bo Blue Collar Workers Stayed With Demos WASHINGTON (NANA) For awhile it looked as if the American worker, who sometimes owns a home, two cars, stocks and bonds, and sends his kids to college, was turning conservative. But the presidential balloting disproved that. Mr. Blue Collar, who sometimes earns is much or more as Mr. White ','ollar or Mr. Professional, .tayed in the Democratic col- imn, where he has been all ilong. A month from now enough 'lection data will be available o show precisely how labor distributed its support among Kichard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace. Iiut politicians and labor spokesmen already have reached some tentative conclusions. The fear expressed last summer by union leaders of a massive blue collar swing to the right by supporting Nixon or Wallace apparently was unjustified. While the two made some inroads, industrial areas turned out heavily for Humphrey, with Wallace making less impact than expected. Even in wards close to the riot zones, where a backlash was expected, Humphrey outpolled Wallace. Labor worked hard to get out the vote for Humphrey in 15 key industrial states where its membership is clustered. The effort, begun well in advance of the Democratic convention, paid off. A labor spokesman admitted that in recent years, as workers have gained affluence, some have shifted their affiliations from the Democratic party. He professed not to know how many because "those who move to the suburbs are hard to catch up with." He said suburban union members take on the "protective coloration" of their residential area, sometimes reacting conservatively on such matters as local taxes, sewers and street lights. "But on national matters and congressional and senato rial campaigns," he said, "there doesn't seem to be much of a change from traditional Democratic loyalty." Three weeks before the election labor leaders received indications that Wallace support was dwindling among their membership. "Guys who met the problem head-on in local meetings found that when union people were confronted with Wallace's record on labor, many swung back to Humphrey," the source said. "This wasn't bludgeon treatment. Remember, we had been campaigning against Wallace for six months. Humphrey only opened up on him late in the campaign." Many union members are believed to have voted against candidates backed by the AFL-CIOinl966and 1967. This year, upwards of $4.5 million were poured into national and state campaigns by labor groups. COPE, labor's political action arm, claims to have elected 58 per cent of the House members it endorsed this year and almost 56 per cent of the senators. All but a handful were Democrats. Union members appear to be voting less and less as a bloc, however. 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