The large Labor union joins almost all of the others in supporting the Democratic Presidential nominee….
The union’s hope that they can get their rank and file members to vote Democratic instead of supporting Donald Trump, whose strength IS blue collar , no college educated , white male workers….
“Joe Biden has demonstrated his character,” said Trumka. “We look forward to helping him get elected president and changing the direction of the country.”
The AFL-CIO, which includes 55 unions representing 12.5 million workers, is a staunch Democratic ally that has been expected to endorse Biden ever since he effectively clinched the nomination. The organization endorsed Hillary Clinton in June 2016.
The group hopes to blunt some of Trump’s support from working-class voters. In 2016, Trump campaigned as a champion of workers, vowing to protect and restore their jobs with staunch opposition to international trade agreements and an anti-immigrant platform. This year, he is emphasizing similar themes, hoping that rank-and-file members will once again flout their leaders’s wishes.
That message powered him to crucial upsets four years ago in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, home to many white, working-class voters and where union efforts could prove critical this year.
Beyond those states, Trumka mentioned Minnesota, New Mexico, Florida and Arizona as some of the states his group will be targeting. Clinton won the first two, while Trump carried the latter pair.
“We’ll be educating and mobilizing our members,” said Trumka. He said his group would be “talking to them using new methods, to educate them, to get them out to vote, to encourage them to vote by mail.” Trumka did not say how much money the AFL-CIO would spend.
Powerful labor groups largely declined to pick a side earlier this year when the Democratic field was crowded and competitive. As Biden emerged from the pack, they started rallying to his corner. In March as he pulled away with the race, Biden landed the support of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees…..