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Trumka to Presidential Candidates: There’s Nowhere to Hide


In a speech at union headquarters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka highlighted issues that will be a litmus test for 2016 presidential candidates. He says that they will have to weigh in on items such as minimum wage, fast-track, and sick leave before earning AFL-CIO endorsement.

“It is early, and although many candidates are already in the race, the field remains open, and the labor movement’s doors are open to any candidate who is serious about transforming our economy with high and rising wages,” he says, adding that they will need to choose between Wall Street and American workers.

“No candidate will be able to dodge any issue,” he says.

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