America’s biggest union organization has agreed that no member will endorse a 2016 presidential candidate until they have all agreed on one.
The deal, announced by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Thursday, is intended to avoid the disagreement that plagued the Democratic field in 2008.
“We have signed an agreement with all of the unions of the AFL-CIO: No one will endorse until we decide that all of us are going to endorse,” Trumka told reporters at breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
The labor leader evidently hopes to avoid the situation in 2008, the last time there was an open race for the Democratic nomination. The AFL-CIO’s member unions split among the candidates that year, which pitted many unions against each other during the primaries.
Asked about Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic front-runner, Trumka withheld judgment, saying the matter hinged on who she picked as her economic team.
“If you get the same economic team, you get the same results. And the same results are not good enough for working people,” Trumka said.
He apparently was referring to President Obama’s team. He called the current economy one “of stagnation, not recovery” and said Obama had not been aggressive enough on the issue of income inequality.