“For the Democratic nominee, the labor movement is the most effective tool after the candidate’s own campaign,” said Steve Rosenthal, a former political director of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s main union federation. He noted that even in Michigan and Ohio, where union membership is down, labor households still represent nearly a quarter of all voters…
Labor’s task has also been complicated by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose passionate attacks on income inequality, wage stagnation and trade deals have won over many union members. Union leaders, on the other hand, lean heavily toward Hillary Clinton, partly because they see her as a safer bet to win in November.
As a result, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. has refrained from endorsing either candidate, although about two dozen national unions, with more than 10 million members, have backed Mrs. Clinton, while just three support Mr. Sanders.
With Mrs. Clinton having a clearer road to the nomination after Super Tuesday, many Democrats are wondering whether unions can rally Sanders supporters to Mrs. Clinton in November. “We’re going to make it crystal clear to union members, whether Democrats, Republicans, independents or first-time voters, that Hillary Clinton should be their choice,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union.
But Larry Cohen, a former president of the Communications Workers of America union and now a senior Sanders adviser, said it might not be so easy.
“Hillary will have an issue about enthusiasm, given what’s turned up in this campaign,” he said, predicting that union members would overwhelmingly back the Democratic nominee. Still, he added: “If Bernie is the candidate, then very few union members will back Trump. If Hillary is the candidate, there’ll be more.”
Some labor leaders say the real danger to Mrs. Clinton, at least among working-class voters, is Mr. Trump.
“Definitely some like Trump,” said Thomas Hanify, president of the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana. “They like his upbeat message that we’re going to make it good again.”
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE MARCH 4, 2016
Donald Trump's story is the same story that former Pennsylvania steel workers tell.
"I think NAFTA itself will be remembered for as long as this generation draws a warm breath," Richard Trumka said in an interview. "When I talk to people about it, they don't remember that it was a Republican majority that passed NAFTA. They remember that it was President Clinton."
VICE - Danny Gold, And what we hear from a lot of people is anger.
Eddy Moore, 'Well that's a problem. Washington is not listening. And when I hear a candidate gets up here like Donald Trump.
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