AFL-CIO ‘Encouraged’ by Talks With 2016 Presidential Candidates

AFL-CIO finishes 2nd day of meetings with most Democratic presidential candidates and Republican contender Mike Huckabee, the labor federation says in statement.

  • Group’s executive council, comprised of union leaders, held private 1-hr meetings with Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb, who are seeking Democratic nomination, and Huckabee, one of 17 running for the GOP nomination
  • Labor officials discussed with each candidate the group’s “Raising Wages” agenda, which calls for rewrite of U.S. economic rules to “put working people first,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says
  • “We will continue to make the case for raising wages,” Trumka says, calling conversations encouraging
  • NOTE: Clinton earlier said meeting with AFL-CIO in Silver Spring, Md., went “great”
  • NOTE: AFL-CIO may delay endorsement in 2016 race, Reuters reported July 25
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