AFL-CIO Endorses Obama
According to the LA Times:
Barack Obama consolidated his organized labor support Thursday with an AFL-CIO endorsement that puts much of Hillary Rodham Clinton's union muscle behind his bid for the White House.
Obama's newly enlarged labor coalition could help the presumptive Democratic nominee appeal to some union constituencies that favored Clinton, including blue-collar whites in the Rust Belt and Latinos in the Southwest.
The AFL-CIO praised Obama's agenda on healthcare, trade, retirement security and collective bargaining rights. "Sen. Obama has advocated a change of direction for our nation that mirrors the priorities of the labor movement," the union's board said in a statement.
The AFL-CIO and its 56 unions vowed to spend at least $200 million in support of Obama and more than 500 other candidates in the November election. The federation also pledged to put 250,000 volunteers to work. It identified its top-priority states as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.... click to continue.