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Pro-Clinton Unions Ready to Give Up on Trump Backers in Ranks

  • Groups backing Democrats adapt tactics for unusual election
  • Activist organizations seek to overcome Clinton enthusiasm gap
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention on April 6, 2016, in Philadelphia.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's convention on April 6, 2016, in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is mailing pamphlets, making calls, knocking on doors and visiting job sites as it usually does in presidential elections, reaching out to its one million members and retirees to cajole those who are undecided and motivate those inclined to back Hillary Clinton to get out and vote on Nov. 8.

One thing union leaders aren’t doing is expending a lot of energy trying to win back members drawn to Donald Trump’s populist, anti-trade message.