It’s no surprise to see Democrats seeking the presidential nomination lining up to speak a large event run by organized labor. It is a little surprising that only six candidates out of the field of twenty potential candidates are taking part in the event.
Six Democratic presidential candidates will speak at a union forum on April 1, vying for early support from organized labor.
Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro have agreed to speak at the event in Washington. The forum — sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, the Communications Workers of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund — will focus on the disenfranchisement of working people.
SEIU endorsed Hillary Clinton in November 2015, nearly three months before the Iowa caucuses, causing controversy among union supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.). Sanders supporters had petitioned top union brass unsuccessfully to hold off on endorsing a candidate until later in the race.