Skip to main content

Trumka and Obama
President Obama with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in August 2010. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

The AFL-CIO endorsed President Obama on Tuesday, with the federation's endorsement following those of several of its individual unions. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement:

President Obama honors the values of hard work, of mutual respect, and of solving problems together—not every person for himself or herself.  He believes that together we will get through the most challenging economic crisis in memory and restore opportunity for all.  Each of the Republican presidential candidates, on the other hand, has pledged to uphold the special privileges of Wall Street and the 1%--privileges that have produced historic economic inequality and drowned out the voices of working people in America.
Trumka's endorsement statement notes that "the labor movement has sometimes differed with the president and often pushed his administration to do more and do it faster," but continues that "we have never doubted his commitment to working families" and specifically cites moves like Wall Street reform, health insurance reform, the rescue of the auto industry, and Obama's emphasis on manufacturing.

Unions will not attempt to counter groups like Karl Rove's American Crossroads on the air; instead, calling the labor movement "the original social network," they'll focus on mobilizing members not just to vote themselves but to volunteer to reach out to non-union voters both in organized canvasses and, as AFL-CIO Political Director Michael Podhorzer said at a pre-endorsement news briefing, "beyond the workplace to the neighborhoods, to the Elks Club, to the gun club to the churches. Everywhere."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:53 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Good News, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site