It is obvious that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is frustrated by the failure of Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act despite the support of organized labor for Democrat candidates during the 2008 general election. Trumka has recently reiterated his warning that unions will hold elected officials accountable and decide on whether to support them for re-election in 2012 based on whether they help "improve the lives of working families and strengthen our country." In a recent speech before the 2011 Staff Nurse Assembly of National Nurses United, Trumka repeated many of the points he had made directly to politicians last month at the National Press Club. He says that organized labor will hold them to "a simple standard: are they helping or hurting working families." According to Trumka, it "doesn't matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside – the outcome is the same either way. If leaders aren't blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families' interests, working people will not support them."