One of the country’s largest public-service unions endorsed former vice president Joe Biden on Monday, further consolidating a key part of the Democratic coalition around the leader in the party’s nomination contest.
Vice President Biden’s strong pro-worker record – including support for public service workers, health care for all, union rights for all workers – underpinned endorsement vote
“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.”
It is unfair that as most of the Democratic Party’s diverse constituency is still waiting to vote, the national media is trying to winnow the field.
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.
The Starting Line reporting team hangs out in Cedar Rapids for one last chat before Iowa Caucus day, and Pat Rynard sits down with Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME, to talk about their work leading up to and following the caucuses and primary season.
Iowa Starting Line
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
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.
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