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Unions Seek to Be Kingmakers if Democrats Are Split at the National Convention

“As soon as people started talking about the possibility of a second ballot . . . I knew it was going to take organization and talking with people and communicating with them and bringing them into the process,” said AFSCME President Lee Saunders. “Our union will have a lot of sway.”



Washington Post

/ Annie Linskey

At AFSCME’s Iowa Coffee Caucus, Candidates Champion Public Services and Unions

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 members participated in a “Coffee Caucus” that brought them face to face with presidential candidates and their surrogates to discuss issues of vital importance to them. For the candidates, it was one of the last few opportunities to meet with voters before caucusing got underway.




/ Pablo Ros

Ahead of Caucuses, Iowans Split on Who Could Beat Trump

Several undecided Democrats attended an event Saturday morning hosted by Afscme, the union for state and local government employees, where candidates or their surrogates had five minutes each to make their case and then another five minutes to answer questions.



Wall Street Journal

/ Sabrina Siddiqui and Joshua Jamerson

2 Days from Iowa & Still Undecided

With critical union votes still up for grabs, candidates and surrogates join AFSCME President Lee Saunders and AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan to meet with Iowa member-activists to discuss electoral priorities and hear about what motivates and concerns them in 2020. Speakers include Sen. Bernie Sanders, philanthropist Tom Steyer and Dr. Jill Biden.




In Iowa, a Collision of Campaigns Before the Caucuses

At an AFSCME event in a West Des Moines pizza joint two days before the Iowa Caucuses, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Jill Biden, and representatives of Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren were in the house.



New York Magazine

/ Ed Kilgore