AFL-CIO Endorses Clinton, Some Still Hear Trump’s Message< < Back to
As expected, the AFL-CIO has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. But the head of the labor coalition in Ohio acknowledges Donald Trump’s message resonates with some union members.
AFL-CIO head Tim Burga says Hillary Clinton has earned union support through her detailed economic platform, and support for a higher minimum wage, collective bargaining and keeping jobs from heading overseas.
He says union leadership will push those specifics hard – especially with Ohio members who are considering Donald Trump.
“So when Donald Trump says he wants to get tough on China, that sounds pretty good. Now, what does that mean? He doesn’t have one policy idea on what that means. So he’s just simply saying whatever he needs to say to try to make this emotional connection to tap into the anger that’s out there.”
Trump lost the Ohio primary to Gov. John Kasich, but did well in the economically troubled eastern border of the state.