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GORE COURTS AFL-CIO WITH VETO PROMISE

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Seeking to shore up labor's support in this election year, Vice President Al Gore promised AFL-CIO leaders that President Clinton will veto a Republican bill unions say would cripple the enforcement powers of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Gore said he and Clinton were counting on the federation's support, and he credited AFL-CIO President John Sweeney's new administration for the Democratic victory in Oregon's special Senate election last month."Organized labor put Ron Wyden over the top in that Senate race for a seat that has not been held by a Democrat for 34 years," Gore said at the federation's annual convention. "John Sweeney's team put a lot of people on the ground in key roles organizing voters and getting the message out in that mail-in election campaign.

"President Clinton and I want to continue that kind of a partnership with the AFL-CIO," he said.

While Clinton's support for the North American Free Trade Agreement angered many union officials, the Republican sweep of Congress in 1994 has forced them to set that issue aside.

The federation has pledged to spend $35 million to back Democrats in 1996, and the AFL-CIO is expected to endorse the Clinton-Gore ticket, possibly next month.