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- August 17, 2015

As Clinton Struggles To Earn The Support Of Labor Unions, She Returns To The State That Handed Her One Of The Biggest Labor Defeats Of 2008

Today, Clinton Will Visit Nevada To Speak At The Annual Convention Of The Nevada AFL-CIO. "On Tuesday, Clinton will be at the Luxor speaking to the annual convention of the Nevada AFL-CIO. Two other Democratic presidential candidates - former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont - also are expected to address the group." (Steve Tetreault, "GOP Dares Hillary To Talk To Net Metering In Las Vegas,"Las Vegas Review Journal, 8/15/15)

Clinton Has A Lot To Make Up For After Missing This Month's Q&A With Labor Leaders In Iowa

Just A Few Weeks Ago Clinton Skipped Out On Being Interviewed By Iowa Labor Leaders, Even Though She Was The One "They'd Most Like To Cross-Examine." "At an Altoona forum Thursday afternoon, Iowa labor leaders will interview four Democratic contenders about what they'd do as president. But they won't be joined by the one they'd most like to cross-examine: front-runner Hillary Clinton, whose equivocal stance on a trade deal they despise and is causing consternation at this year's Iowa union confab." (Josh Eidelson, "Wary On Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready For Hillary Clinton,"Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

Clinton's Absence Was "Notable" As She Is Currently Fending "Off A Strong Challenge" From Sanders. "Clinton's absence is notable. She is currently attempting to fend off a strong challenge from Sanders for organized labor's support. Both met with the AFL-CIO's executive council last week in Silver Spring, Md., in the hopes of securing the organization's endorsement." (Sean Higgins, "Hillary Clinton To Miss AFL-CIO Iowa Candidate Forum,"Washington Examiner, 8/4/15)

"Dissatisfaction And Distrust Of Clinton" Is "Widespread Among The Labor Officials Who Make Up The Executive Board Of The Iowa AFL-CIO." "Dissatisfaction or distrust of Clinton on trade is widespread among the labor officials who make up the executive board of the Iowa AFL-CIO. 'I don't doubt at all that if elected, she would continue to pursue free trade, unrestrained negative trade,' says Bruce Clark, president of the American Postal Workers Union's Iowa division." (Josh Eidelson, "Wary On Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready For Hillary Clinton,"Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

Jan Laue, Iowa AFL-CIO Executive Committee Member, Said Clinton Is "Making A Serious Mistake" By "Not Being Forthcoming" On The Issues. "'I think she's making a serious mistake in not being forthcoming in where she stands" on trade, says Iowa AFL-CIO Executive Committee member Jan Laue, who was on the panel questioning the candidates. Laue told Bloomberg that O'Malley and Sanders gave the kind of answers she wants to start hearing from Clinton." (Josh Eidelson, "In Iowa, O'Malley And Sanders Say What Unions Wish Clinton Would," Bloomberg, 8/7/15)

NEVADA WAS HOME TO OBAMA'S FIRST NATIONAL UNION ENDORSEMENT WHICH SERVED AS A "MAJOR BOOST" IN HIS VICTORY OVER CLINTON

During The 2008 Democratic Primary, The Unite Here Labor Union, "By Far The Most Powerful Union In Nevada," Endorsed Obama Over Clinton. "Unite Here, which is by far the most powerful union in Nevada, announced its endorsement of Mr. Obama this afternoon. Unite Here's Nevada local, Culinary Local 226, represents more than 60,000 casino, hotel and restaurant workers, and is a power in local and state political races and is expected to be a powerful force in the January 19 caucuses." (Steven Greenhouse, "Obama Receives Union Endorsements, The New York Times, 1/9/08)

  • Unite Here Represented 460,000 Members At The Time Of Their Endorsement. "With its announcement, Unite Here, which represents 460,000 hotel, restaurant, apparel and laundry workers nationwide, became the first national union to back Mr. Obama." (Steven Greenhouse, "Obama Receives Union Endorsements, The New York Times, 1/9/08)

Clinton Wasn't Even Unite Here's Second Choice Of Candidates In 2008. "During the summer and early fall, several of the union's top leaders had sought to give Senator John Edwards Unite Here's endorsement, but the union's executive committee failed to muster enough support for an Edwards endorsement. Nonetheless, many Unite Here locals campaigned for Mr. Edwards." (Steven Greenhouse, "Obama Receives Union Endorsements, The New York Times, 1/9/08)

Unite Here Attacked Clinton's Then-Chief Strategist, Mark Penn, For Ties To Anti-Union Activities. "Unite Here has been in a dispute with Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign because its pollster and chief strategist, Mark Penn, heads a public relation firm that has represented the Cintas Corporation, a large industrial laundry company that has vigorously battled the union's efforts to organize 17,000 Cintas workers." (Steven Greenhouse, "Obama Receives Union Endorsements, The New York Times, 1/9/08)

The Unite Here Endorsement Of Obama Gave Him A "Major Boost" And Led To "Packed, Raucous Caucus Sites" That Forced Clinton To Rely On Her Husband's "Personal Pleas To Caucus Goers Inside Hotel Casinos." "Just days before Nevada Democrats headed to caucus sites for the third nominating contest that year, a major union, UNITE Here, endorsed Obama, giving him a major boost heading into Nevada where 60,000 of its members live and work for the Culinary Workers Union in Nevada. That endorsement led to packed, raucous caucus sites, especially in hotels on the strip, President Bill Clinton making personal pleas to caucus goers inside hotel casinos and a lawsuit filed by the National Education Association, a Clinton-backed union, challenging the rules of the caucus." (Leigh Ann Caldwell, "Hillary Clinton May Be The Leader, But Unions Are Holding Out," NBC, 5/6/15)

  • The Endorsement Led To A "Clinton-Backed Union" Filing A Lawsuit To Challenge The Rules Of The Caucus Process. "That endorsement led to packed, raucous caucus sites, especially in hotels on the strip, President Bill Clinton making personal pleas to caucus goers inside hotel casinos and a lawsuit filed by the National Education Association, a Clinton-backed union, challenging the rules of the caucus." (Leigh Ann Caldwell, "Hillary Clinton May Be The Leader, But Unions Are Holding Out," NBC, 5/6/15)

CLINTON IS EXPERIENCING DÉJÀ VU' AS BERNIE SANDERS INCREASINGLY BECOMES THE CANDIDATE-OF-CHOICE FOR UNION MEMBERS

Last Week, Sanders Won The Endorsement Of The National Nurses United Union

Sanders Has Officially Won The Endorsement Of The National Nurses United. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders won the endorsement of a national nurses union Monday, in a sign of the divide among organized labor groups over the Democratic race. National Nurses United, which represents 185,000 nurses across the country, announced its pick at an event in Oakland attend by Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who has emerged as Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nomination." (John Wagner, "Bernie Sanders Wins Backing Of National Nurses Union," The Washington Post , 8/10/15)

  • National Nurses United Represent More Than 185,000 Members Of Which 90 Percent Are Women. "The union represents more than 185,000 members. Ninety percent of them are women. Working women are a major target for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton - and she's already successfully wooed the endorsement of another huge union representing thousands of working women, the AFT. " (Evan McMorris-Santoro, "Nurses Union: We're Endorsing Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton," Buzzfeed , 8/10/15)

RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director Of National Nurses United: "I Don't Think People Want A Third Terms Of Obama, Which Is What The Hillary Candidacy Represents." "'I don't think people want a third term of Obama, which is what the Hillary candidacy represents,' says National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro, whose union is hosting a "Brunch With Bernie" Monday afternoon." (Josh Eidelson, "How Obama Hurts Clinton (And Helps Sanders) With Unions," Bloomberg, 8/10/15)

  • DeMoro Argued That Union Leaders Who Embrace Clinton Without Getting Commitments On Issues Are "Repeating The Same Mistakes Made With Obama." "Union leaders who embrace Clinton without getting commitments on issues like trade, argues DeMoro, are repeating the same mistakes made with Obama. 'Why would she have to change anything,' she asks, 'because she's saying nothing, and they're saying, 'Go Hillary!''" (Josh Eidelson, "How Obama Hurts Clinton (And Helps Sanders) With Unions,"Bloomberg, 8/10/15)

Charles Idelson, Communications Director For National Nurses United: The Endorsement Of Sanders Was "In Part Due To Clinton's Refusal To Take A Position On The Keystone XP Pipeline." A senior official at the nurses union said members and leadership picked Sanders in part due to Clinton's refusal to take a position on the KetstoneXL pipeline. 'He understands the health effects of climate change,' Charles Idelson, communications director for National Nurses United, told BuzzFeed News in an interview ahead of the endorsement formal announcement. 'We're opposed the Keystone pipeline because of health impacts,' he added, citing the potential for 'toxic spills' from the hundreds of miles of proposed oil pipeline. (Evan McMorris-Santoro, "Nurses Union: We're Endorsing Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton," Buzzfeed , 8/10/15)

  • Idelson Added That The Results Of An Internal Vote Among The Union's Members Showed Sanders Won The "Overwhelming" Support Of The Membership. "Results of an internal vote among National Nurses United members showed Sanders won the "overwhelming" support of the membership, Idelson said. Leadership was also impressed by the Vermont senator, who has been a close supporter of organized labor for his decades-long political career." (Evan McMorris-Santoro, "Nurses Union: We're Endorsing Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton," Buzzfeed , 8/10/15)

In Iowa, Sanders Has Emerged As The Favorite Of Rank-And-File Union Members

Steve Abbott, Head Of The Communication Workers Of America's Iowa State Council, Was "Spurred" To Back Sanders After Clinton's "Equivocation" On Trade. "Steve Abbott, who heads the Communications Workers of America's Iowa state council, says Clinton's equivocation on trade is what spurred him to back Sanders. 'Her lack of an answer gave me an answer,' says Abbott, who claims Clinton's caution on the issue is helping Sanders win converts among his counterparts at other unions." (Josh Eidelson, "Wary On Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready For Hillary Clinton,"Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

Dan Prymek, Director Of Iowa's Affiliate Of The Laborers International Union Of North America's Labor Management Group, Said Clinton Needs To "Give Us A Straight Answer" On Her Keystone Pipeline Position. "Trade isn't a top tier issue for everyone on the Iowa federation's board. Dan Prymek, who directs the Iowa affiliate of the Laborers International Union of North America's labor-management group, is more concerned with getting Clinton to take sides on the proposed Keystone pipeline, which LIUNA just scorched O'Malley for opposing (Sanders is against it, too). 'I think she needs to give us a straight answer,' he says." (Josh Eidelson, "Wary On Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready For Hillary Clinton,"Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

Bill Hanes, International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Iowa State Conference President, Called Clinton's Dodge On Keystone "Bullshit" And Warned If Clinton "Doesn't Start Giving Positions" He Will "Worry About How Enthused The Members Will Be." "'When you kick the can down the road, it's hard to take you for your word on other issues," says International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Iowa State Conference President Bill Hanes, who compares her TPP answers to what he calls her 'bullshit' Keystone dodge. 'If Clinton doesn't start giving positions and is the eventual nominee, I worry about how enthused the members will be.'" (Josh Eidelson, "Wary On Trade, Iowa Unions Aren't Ready For Hillary Clinton,"Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

Mark Cooper, President Of The South Central Iowa Federation Of Labor, Said That Because "People Feel Betrayed By President Obama" There Is "Traction" Behind People Who Are Backing Sanders Over Clinton. "'People feel betrayed by President Obama,' agrees Mark Cooper, the president of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor. 'I think that's why Bernie's getting the traction he has.'" (Josh Eidelson, "How Obama Hurts Clinton (And Helps Sanders) With Unions," Bloomberg, 8/10/15)

Since He Started Campaigning, Sanders Has Been The "Trusted" And "Reliable" Choice For Union Members

Sanders Has "Undeniably Been A More Reliable Ally For Unions On The Issues They Most Care About." "Sanders has undeniably been a more reliable ally for unions on the issues they most care about, especially trade. Though many leaders view Clinton warily, they recognize that she is the overwhelming frontrunner and see her as their best bet to hold the White House." (James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck, "The Daily 202: Labor Debates Hillary Versus Bernie," The Washington Post, 7/30/15)

Sanders Is "The Most Trusted Voice" For Issues Central To Labor Leaders. "Sanders, on the other hand, has emerged as the most trusted voice for many in the movement on issues central to labor leaders, such as combating income inequality and recalibrating the tax code. On Thursday, he was critical of immigration reform, telling the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that the push was a tool for Wall Street to 'bring low-wage labor into this country.'" (Jose A. DelReal, "Clinton Meets With Labor Leaders, Makes Endorsement Pitch," The Washington Post , 7/30/15)

Last Month, Sanders "Wowed" The International Association Of Sheet, Metal, Air, Rail, And Transportation Workers Business Agents Conference. Bernie Sanders wowed the audience at at a labor union conference Tuesday, calling them "brothers and sisters" and vowing to push an agenda they'll like. 'A strong middle class is synonymous with a strong trade union movement,' the Vermont U.S. senator told the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Business Agents conference at a Washington hotel. (David Lightman, "Labor Union Gives Sanders Rousing Reception," McClatchy, 7/28/15)

  • The Audience "Loved" Sanders, "Giving Him Standing Ovations And Lengthy Cheers." "The audience loved it all, giving him standing ovations and lengthy cheers. Before Sanders spoke, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, appeared in a brief video and said she, too was a big supporter of the union, which has 216,000 members in the United States and Canada." (David Lightman, "Labor Union Gives Sanders Rousing Reception," McClatchy, 7/28/15)

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)

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)

AS SANDERS BUILDS MOMENTUM, IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE AFL-CIO HAS CREATED DISTANCE WITH CLINTON

If Will Be "Difficult" For The AFL-CIO To Make An Endorsement With Sanders "Looking As Strong As He Does Right Now." "Then the union chiefs, who represent 12.5 million workers, will debate privately over what to do. Two-thirds of them need to sign onto any endorsement. That could be difficult at this stage in the nominating fight, especially with Sanders looking as strong as he does right now." (James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck, "The Daily 202: Labor Debates Hillary Versus Bernie," The Washington Post, 7/30/15)

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 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)
  • 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)

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)

The AFL-CIO Could Wait Until After The Primary To Make An Official Endorsement. "Few doubt that the AFL-CIO, a federation of 56 unions which requires two-thirds support to make an endorsement, will ultimately back Clinton, even if it holds off until the primary is over." (Josh Eidelson, "How Obama Hurts Clinton (And Helps Sanders) With Unions," Bloomberg, 8/10/15)


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