Olbermann To Moderate AFL-CIO Forum
Posted by nytexan on August 7, 2007
Edwards should take this one. He has been consistent on workers rights and the unions like what they hearing from Edwards. Hillary on the other hand may be bruised with Bill’s NAFTA and her business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement.
- Today, seven Democratic hopefuls will make their case before the largest audience of this early campaign season—the 15,000 union family members expected at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
- Moderated by MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann, the forum will feature questions to the candidates from among 2,200 questions submitted by union members at the AFL-CIO’s Working Families Vote 2008 website. The questions from union members touch on health care, trade and jobs, freedom to form unions, the war in Iraq, retirement security and other key working family concerns.
- The 90-minute forum will be carried live on MSNBC television and XM Radio channel 130 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT). “Countdown” will continue broadcasting from the forum until 8 p.m. EDT. If you miss it, XM channel 130 will rebroadcast the debate for 24 hours following its conclusion.
- The forum comes as the AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Chicago. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told hundreds of union activists at Sunday’s Battleground States 2007 conference the candidate event is “the biggest job interview in history.”
- Tomorrow, the Executive Council will discuss the presidential endorsement process, but the AFL-CIO will not issue an endorsement until affiliated unions reach consensus on a candidate. The Federation’s General Board makes the actual endorsement. The General Board is made up of members of the council, the principle officers of each affiliated union, trade and industrial departments plus representatives from constituency groups, retiree organizations and local central and state bodies. An endorsement by the General Board will require a two-thirds per capita membership vote.
- The forum is part of an unprecedented outreach to union families to give them an opportunity to hear the candidates and make their voices and opinions heard. Earlier this year, the AFL-CIO spearheaded a series of town hall forums where the candidates met local union members and leaders. In addition, our Working Families Vote 2008 website provides current news on the election, issue guides, candidate profiles, a forum for union members to speak out about their concerns and links to other political blogs and sites.