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Another Labor "Setback" For Clinton

- July 28, 2015

Clinton Struggles To Find "Legitimate" Union Support Amid Sanders Surge

Today, Clinton Will Meet With Leaders From The AFL-CIO Along With Other Democrat Rivals. "She, Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee will all meet AFL-CIO leaders on July 29 as part of the procedure, after filling out the group's questionnaire." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge," Politico, 7/20/15)

Clinton Is Expected To Be "Grilled By Union Leaders" On A Variety Of Issues Including The Trans-Pacific Partnership. "Clinton, as well as Democrat rivals for the party's nomination in the presidential race, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, and one of the candidates in the Republican race, Mike Huckabee, will be grilled by union leaders on the TPP and other issues at next week's meeting." (Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)

IN ANOTHER "SETBACK" FOR CLINTON, THE AFL-CIO HAS WARNED CLINTON NOT TO EXPECT AN ENDORSEMENT

In A "Setback" For Clinton, The AFL-CIO's Political Committee Has "Recommended" The Union "Delay Endorsing A Candidate" For The 2016 Presidential Race. "In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO's political committee has recommended the nation's largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages." (Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)

  • The Political Committee "Voted Unanimously" To Support The Proposal. "The committee on Monday voted unanimously to support the proposal, three union sources told Reuters. The recommendation will be presented at a July 29-30 meeting of the executive council of the federation, which will make the final decision." (Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)
  • The Committee's Recommendation Comes As It "Seeks To Push" Clinton To "Be More Supportive Of Its Policies On Issues Such As Trade And Wages." "In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO's political committee has recommended the nation's largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages." (Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)

AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka Has Threatened Clinton That The AFL-CIO "Isn't Sure" If They Will Offer An Endorsement "At All"

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Said He "Isn't Sure" Whether The AFL-CIO Will "Offer A Primary Endorsement Anytime Soon (Or At All)." "Trumka said on Monday he isn't sure whether the group would offer a primary endorsement anytime soon (or at all) - a declaration that comes just days after the American Federation of Teachers stirred up some grumbling in the organized labor community by endorsing Clinton." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge," Politico, 7/20/15)

In Discussing Trade, Trumka Threatened To "Not Endorse" Clinton If She "Doesn't Have The Right Policy." "And if she doesn't? 'It would be tougher to mobilize working people.' He underlined that politicians will be held accountable by labor for their position on trade. And yes, the AFL-CIO tilts Democratic, of course. But, Trumka said, 'If a candidate doesn't have the right policy, you can not endorse for president.'" (Emily Greenhouse, "Unions Drawing Line In Sane With Hillary Clinton And Democrats On Trade Deal," Bloomberg , 5/29/15)

  • Trumka Cautioned Clinton "It Will Be Tougher To Mobilize Working People" Should She Support The TPP. "If Clinton backs the trade pact and the fast-track authority, there will be costs, he cautioned. 'It will be tougher to mobilize working people. It'll be tougher to get them to come out excited and work to do door-knocking and leafleting and phone-banking and all the things that are going to be necessary if she is the candidate and we endorse her to get elected. It will make it far more difficult.'" (Susan Page, "Trumka: Disappointment With Obama, A Warning For Hillary," USA Today, 5/28/15)

Trumka Said That Clinton's "Reluctance To Weigh In" On Trade Was "Duly Noted By Voters." "He also said the trade debate that divided labor and the White House would, naturally, be factored into the process - but that Clinton's reluctance to weigh in strongly early on was hardly disqualifying: Still, 'it was duly noted, by voters.' He similarly noted union leaders had taken note of Sanders' and O'Malley's strong stances against the deal early on." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge,"Politico, 7/20/15)

CLINTON'S ENDORSEMENT "SETBACK" COMES AFTER MULTIPLE EFFORTS BY AFL-CIO LEADERSHIP TO "QUELL A REVOLT" OF LOCAL UNION LEADERS WHO ARE FEELING THE BERN

The AFL-CIO Has Been "Trying To Quell A Revolt" By Local Unions Who Have "Declared Their Support" For Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT). "The federation has been trying to quell a revolt in its ranks as some local unions have declared their support for Sanders, who is known for his progressive stance and who has spoken out strongly against the TPP." (Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's "Attempt To Calm The Waters" Comes As Sanders Has "Picked Up Significant Momentum" Among "Local And State Labor Groups." "Trumka's attempt to calm the waters comes as Sanders has picked up significant momentum among local and state labor groups with his fiery rhetoric and unabashed support of progressive initiatives such as a 15 minimum wage, equal health care for all and steeper taxes on the wealthy." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge," Politico, 7/20/15)

  • Trumka "Defended" A Memo He Sent Last Month Telling AFL-CIO Leaders To "Stop Trying To Endorse Bernie Sanders." "Labor chief Richard Trumka on Monday defended the memo he sent last month to AFL-CIO leaders telling them to stop trying to endorse Bernie Sanders, saying it was more a helpful reminder than an effort to slow the Sanders surge. 'They're not going rogue, it's really exciting,' said Trumka, the country's most influential organized union chief, in an interview with POLITICO." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge," Politico, 7/20/15)

Multiple State And Local AFL-CIO Affiliates Have Publically Pledged Their Support For Sanders

Two AFL-CIO State Chapters In Vermont And South Carolina Have "Pass Resolutions" Supporting Sanders." "Two AFL-CIO locals in Vermont and South Carolina have passed resolutions supporting Sanders, a petition called "Labor for Bernie" has circulated online and garnered signatures from over 4,000 people. Larry Cohen, the president of the Communication Works of America until last month, has joined as a full-time volunteer for Sanders' campaign." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

  • Trumka "Forced" The South Carolina AFL-CIO To "Walk Back" A "Pseudo-Endorsement" Of Sanders. "The South Carolina AFL-CIO put out a statement supporting Sanders' candidacy, for example, before Trumka's national group forced it to walk back the pseudo-endorsement." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Trumka: I'm Not Trying To Slow The Sanders Surge," Politico, 7/20/15)

David Newby, Former President Of AFL-CIO Wisconsin, Said Union Leaders "Don't Realize How Upset Rank-And-File Membership Is" And "How Positively They're Responding To Bernie Sanders' Message." "Union leaders 'don't realize how upset rank-and-file membership is and how positively they're responding to Bernie Sanders' message,' said David Newby, a former president of the AFL-CIO in Wisconsin. 'Clinton's going to have to be more specific and more hard-hitting than she's been in the past if she's going to slow down the rank-and-file momentum towards Bernie.'" (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

THE AFL-CIO'S DECISION COMES JUST WEEKS AFTER THE VERY PUBLIC "BACKLASH" OVER ANOTHER MAJOR UNION'S ENDORSEMENT OF CLINTON

Labor Leaders Said They Saw The Timing Of This Month's American Federation Of Teachers (AFT) Endorsement As A "Sign Of Weakness For Clinton" Who "Needed The In-The-Bag Endorsement." "Some labor leaders, who declined to comment on the record because their unions have yet to offer an endorsement in the race, said they saw the timing of the AFT announcement as a sign of weakness for Clinton, rather than strength - a sign that Clinton needed the in-the-bag endorsement now to counter some of Sander's momentum." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

Teachers As Well As Other Labor Leaders "Questioned The Timing Amid Sen. Bernie Sanders' Surge In Popularity." " But on Saturday, when the AFT became the first international labor union to make an endorsement in the contest by announcing its support of Clinton, it drew sharp criticism from teachers as well as other labor leaders, who questioned the timing amid Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' surge in popularity." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

  • In The 2008 Campaign, The AFT Had Not Endorsed Clinton Until October 2007. "In 2007, the AFT didn't endorse Clinton until October." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement,"Politico, 7/16/15)

The Endorsement Was Met With Immediate "Backlash" And Was Considered "An Insult" By Many AFT Members And Other Labor Leaders

The AFT's Endorsement Of Clinton Was Immediately Met With "Backlash Among Teachers" From Across The Country. "'I'm honored to have the support of AFT's members and leaders, and proud to stand with them to unleash the potential of every American,' Clinton said in response. 'Their voices and the voices of all workers are essential to this country.' But almost immediately, there was a backlash among teachers in far-flung locals across the states." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

Some Labor Leaders Described AFT's Endorsement As "An Insult" Since "So Many" Labor Leaders "Harbor Lingering Concerns" Of Clinton. "Other labor leaders described the move as 'an insult' to endorse now, when so many labor leaders harbor lingering concerns over trade and plan to press their issues in two weeks." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

Close To 4,000 Teachers Have Signed A Petition "Calling On The AFT To Withdraw Its Endorsement" Of Clinton. "Online, close to 4,000 teachers have signed a Change.org petition calling on the AFT to withdraw its endorsement. On Facebook, a post about the union's endorsement has thousands of comments expressing dissent." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

  • Teachers Have Taken To Facebook To Share "Thousands Of Comments Expressing Dissent." " On Facebook, a post about the union's endorsement has thousands of comments expressing dissent." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

The "Blowback" From The AFT Endorsement "Reflects A Wider Unrest" Among Organized Labor That May Be "Hard For The Campaign To Shake." "While the AFT blowback may ultimately prove a minor roadbump for Clinton, it reflects a wider unrest among the ranks of organized labor, and one that may be hard for the campaign to shake." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

Teachers Have Called The AFT Endorsement "Rigged In Favor Of Clinton" By AFT President And Clinton Supporter Randi Weingarten

"Widely Read" Teachers' Blogs Published "Screeds" Against The Endorsement, Calling It "Rigged In Favor Of Clinton" By "Longtime Friend" AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Widely read teachers' blogs published screeds against the decision, calling it rigged in favor of Clinton, a longtime friend of AFT president Randi Weingarten. Though a June poll among AFT members showed a majority supporting Clinton over Sanders, the fervor of those unhappy with the endorsement ran high." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

  • Weingarten Is A Board Member Of Priorities USA, A Super-PAC That Supports Clinton's Campaign. "They noted that the poll being conducted by Hart Research, a firm led by Clinton allies, and Weingarten's board membership on Priorities USA, a super-PAC that supports Clinton's reelection campaign." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

Among Some "Dyspeptic" Teacher Members, "Suspicion Lingered Over The Endorsement" Of Clinton, Given The Clinton-Affiliated Research Firm That Conducted The Poll Used By AFT President Weingarten In Justification For The Endorsement. "Among some of the dyspeptic teacher members, however, suspicion lingered over the endorsement, a reflection of some of the alienation among rank-and-file members. They noted that the poll being conducted by Hart Research, a firm led by Clinton allies, and Weingarten's board membership on Priorities USA, a super-PAC that supports Clinton's reelection campaign." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

#FEELTHEBERN: OTHER LABOR LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS PREFER SANDERS OVER CLINTON AS WELL

Activists In A Wide Array Of Unions Including The American Federation Of Teachers, Communication Workers Of America, The American Postal Workers Union And The AFL-CIO Locals Say They Are Eager To Support Sanders. "Activists in a wide array of unions including the American Federation of Teachers, Communication Workers of America, the American Postal Workers Union and the AFL-CIO locals say they are eager to support Sanders. But some of the national leaders are reticent to endorse a candidate like Sanders, who is still considered a long shot in the Democratic primary, and risk losing influence with Clinton down the road or even damaging her candidacy in the general election." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

A Petition Called "Labor For Bernie" Has Circulated Online And Has Received Thousands Of Signatures. "Two AFL-CIO locals in Vermont and South Carolina have passed resolutions supporting Sanders, a petition called 'Labor for Bernie' has circulated online and garnered signatures from over 4,000 people. Larry Cohen, the president of the Communication Works of America until last month, has joined as a full-time volunteer for Sanders' campaign." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

  • As Of Yesterday, The Petition Had Over 5,000 Signatures. (Petition, Labor For Bernie, Accessed 7/28/15)

In A Poll Conducted At A Meeting Of The Utility Workers Union Of America This Past Week, Sanders Won 65 Percent Of The Vote To Clinton's 23 Percent. "At a meeting of the Utility Workers Union of America in Florida this week, Bernie Sanders won 65 percent of the vote in cell phone poll of the 400 elected delegates to the convention. Clinton won 23 percent, with Martin O'Malley taking 7 percent…"(Luciana Lopez, "Exclusive: AFL-CIO May Delay Endorsement Of Clinton As 2016 Presidential Candidate - Sources," Reuters, 7/25/15)

Clinton Lost Support Of "The Longtime Leader Of One Of The Country's Most Powerful Labor Unions" To Rival Sanders. "The longtime leader of one of the country's most powerful labor unions is joining the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and he says presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton made it an easy call." (Dave Jamieson, "Labor Leader Joins Bernie Sanders' Campaign, Citing Clinton's 'Silence' On Fast Track," The Huffington Post, 7/1/15)

Sanders Has Been "Picking Up" Labor Support In Early Voting States Where Local Labor Leaders Are Calling On Unions To "Back Him." " Sanders has been picking up labor support in early voting states like Iowa, where local labor leaders are calling on unions to back him. The former president of the Communications Workers of America, Larry Cohen, earlier this month endorsed Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa." (Annie Karni, "Unions Seethe Over Early Clinton Endorsement," Politico, 7/16/15)

Many Union Workers See A "More Natural Alliance" With Sanders Than With Clinton. "Many workers see a more natural alliance with Sanders than with Clinton, according to interviews with dozens of union members, from rank-and-file dues-payers to national union presidents." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)

"Unhappy With The Status Quo," Union Members Across The Country Are "Restive" Over The "Possibility Of Their Affiliates Endorsing Clinton." "Unhappy with the status quo and uncertain about the future of labor as union membership shrinks, union members across the country are restive over the possibility of their affiliates endorsing Clinton." (Sam Frizell, "Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor," Time, 7/16/15)


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