Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED/TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns.
Now that the election dust has settled, it's clear that organized labor was a big winner locally, statewide and nationally.
In San Francisco, more than half the winning candidates for local office had labor backing, as did all local candidates for state office and all but two of the winning city propositions.
Labor did as well statewide, with voters soundly rejecting State Prop 32 that would have greatly diminished unions' political strength. Defeating the proposition was by far labor's most important election goal. Read more »