Organized labor was active as usual in the elections this past Tuesday, but this year those efforts apparently paid some pretty good dividends for the unions. Unions (especially SEIU and the Fight for $15) are claiming credit for a couple of gubernatorial victories – the defeat of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Walker, who lost by a couple thousand votes, spearheaded a 2011 law that restricted the ability of public employees to bargain collectively, and in 2015, signed a right-to-work bill into law. Illinois Governor Rauner, who initiated the litigation that led to the Janus decision by the Supreme Court outlawing “fair share fees” being required of non-members, lost to billionaire Hilton Hotel magnate J.B. Pritzker. In Connecticut, Democrat Ned Lamont, a proponent of a $15 hourly minimum wage and paid family and medical leave, defeated Republican Bob Stefanowski by a 51-49% margin. Stefanowski had opposed raising the minimum wage, while Lamont enjoyed strong and active backing by organized labor. And, to top it all off, the AFL-CIO announced Wednesday that 743 union members were elected across the country on Tuesday with over 69% of the 52 new member in the US House having run on a union support platform. They also claimed that over 61% of incoming House members campaigned on raising wages.