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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Labor Unions

Labor Unions

2012 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 89
2012 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 91%
2012 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 70%
2012 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 88%
2012 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 61%
2011-2012 American Federation of Teachers - Positions 57%
2011-2012 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Lifetime Scores (Senate Only) 89%
2011-2012 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 0%
2011 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 69%
2011 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 58%
2011 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 66%
2011 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 57%
2011 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2010 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 36%
2010 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 44%
2010 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 60%
2010 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 50%
2009-2010 Communications Workers of America - Positions 33%
2009-2010 International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions 54%
2009-2010 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 36%
2009-2010 National Farmers Union - Positions 67%
2009-2010 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 37%
2009 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 69%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 78%
2009 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 75%
2009 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 82%
2009 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 80%
2009 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2009 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2009 United Auto Workers - Positions 71%
2009 Women Employed - Positions 100%
2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score 74%
2008 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 100%
2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score 66%
2008 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 89%
2008 Center for Worker Freedom - Positions 0%
2008 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2008 Latin America Working Group - Positions 0%
2008 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 75%
2008 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 40
2008 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 100%
2007-2008 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 74%
2007-2008 International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions 14%
2007-2008 National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score 91
2007-2008 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 100%
2007 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 100%
2007 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 95%
2007 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 86%
2007 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 100%
2007 Center for Worker Freedom - Positions 0%
2007 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 60%
2007 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100
2007 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 83%
2007 United Auto Workers - Positions 100%
2007 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 17
2007 Utility Workers Union of America - Positions 100
2006 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 47%
2006 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 38%
2006 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 25%
2006 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 40%
2006 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 19%
2006 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 25%
2006 United Auto Workers - Positions 38%
2005-2006 American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions 100%
2005-2006 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 75%
2005-2006 National Farmers Union - Positions 50%
2005 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 58%
2005 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 64%
2005 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 63%
2005 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 60%
2005 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 67%
2005 International Sleep Products Association - Positions 100%
2005 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 46%
2005 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 60%
2005 United Auto Workers - Positions 43%
2005 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 0%
2004 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 82%
2004 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 82%
2004 Communications Workers of America - Positions 100%
2004 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 100%
2004 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 83%
2004 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 100%
2004 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 100%
2004 United Auto Workers - Positions 64%
2004 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
2003-2004 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 56%
2003-2004 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 73%
2003-2004 American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions 31%
2003-2004 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 57%
2003-2004 National Farmers Union - Positions 89%
2003 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 62%
2003 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 73%
2003 Communications Workers of America - Positions 86%
2003 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 83%
2003 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 86%
2003 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 55%
2003 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 67%
2003 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 86%
2003 United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights 67%
2003 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 33%
2002 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 50%
2002 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 62%
2002 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 63%
2002 Communications Workers of America - Positions 57%
2002 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 0%
2002 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 50%
2002 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 70%
2002 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 40%
2002 United Auto Workers - Positions 42%
2002 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 0%
2001-2002 American Postal Workers Union - Positions 50%
2001-2002 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions 83%
2001-2002 National Farmers Union - Positions 80%
2001 American Federation of Government Employees - Positions 67%
2001 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 81%
2001 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions 50%
2001 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions 75%
2001 International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions 100%
2001 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions 62%
2001 Transportation Communications Union - Positions 100%
2001 United Auto Workers - Positions 57%
2001 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Positions 72%
2001 United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions 75%
1999 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions 62%
1997-2008 United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers - Lifetime Score 24%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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