labor-unions

Sanders Scores Progressive and Labor Endorsements Over Clinton

Sanders received the endorsement of Democracy for America, which tried to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders received a big boost to his campaign Thursday with the endorsements of Communications Workers of America and Democracy for America and emphasized the grassroots nature of the endorsements.  

At a news conference with Sanders, Chris Shelton, president of the CWA, emphasized that the decision came directly from union members themselves after the union asked if it should endorse in the election, and if so, who should it endorse.  

Tammy Duckworth Scores SEIU Endorsement

The SEIU endorsement gives Duckworth a pool of skilled political workers to assist her campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Monday received the endorsement of the SEIU Illinois State Council, a vote of confidence from labor leaders and a pool of manpower that should help her in the three-way Democratic primary for the Senate seat held by Republican Mark S. Kirk.  

“SEIU is an incredibly effective and diverse organization, and we share a commitment to fighting to improve the lives of working families and making our state a fairer and more decent place,” Duckworth said in a release. “I am proud to stand with the working men and women of SEIU, and I look forward to continuing to work to rebuild our middle class, create jobs and raise wages, and provide a measure of economic and retirement security for hardworking Illinois families.”  

TPP Will Be a Factor in Several 2016 Races

Feingold made trade a pillar of his attacks on Johnson in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House on Thursday released the much anticipated text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a trade deal that will likely play out in a number of top House and Senate contests in 2016, whether or not it's passed by Congress.  

Most of those races are located in the Rust Belt — states where past trade pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement from the 1990s are often blamed for the sharp decline in manufacturing jobs that once made the region prosper.  

Unions Target California Democrat Over Vote on Trade

Unions are searching for a primary opponent to Costa over his trade stance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:40 p.m. | Updated to better define Rob England's job title. The Democrats' battle over trade is not yet over, but unions are already zeroing in on a scapegoat: California Rep. Jim Costa.  

Costa is one of 28 Democrats who voted for Trade Promotion Authority last week — a vote that would give President Barack Obama the power to negotiate a trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations. Unions, which say Obama's plan will cost jobs in the U.S., have frozen campaign contributions to Democrats and threatened to put up candidates in primaries against those who support Obama's trade agenda.  

Ruben Gallego Seeks Arizona's 7th District (Video Interview)

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State Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat, said he's unsure how much money he'll need to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., in the 7th District, according to an interview with CQ Roll Call. "It's hard to say," Gallego said. "It's not going to be a cheap race. This is a five month race."  

Unions Unleash Ads in New Hampshire, Wisconsin

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the

and the Service Employees International Union have launched ad campaigns totaling almost $2 million in two tight statewide races in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

EMILY's List: Women Remain Key

Amid polls showing that women may be drifting away from President Barack Obama, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock told reporters that women will still help Democrats prevail on Election Day, particularly in key Senate races.

“Women voters are going to vote for Democrats because they know what’s at stake,”  Schriock said in a conference call today. The Democratic women’s PAC has shattered its previous fundraising records and will spend more in this election cycle than at any point in its 27-year history, she said.

Colorado: Steelworkers Back Pace, Appear In New Ad

The United Steelworkers Union today endorsed Sal Pace, the Democrat who is running against Rep. Scott Tipton (R) in the state's 3rd district. And Pace went up with a new ad, his campaign's third, that features a local steelworker.

California: AFSCME Hits Dan Lungren, Chamber Slams Ami Bera

Outside groups continue to rain dollars on California, the new home of Congressional competition.

This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a national labor union both hit the airwaves with significant buys in California's 7th district. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dropped $800,000 on an ad that ties Rep. Dan Lungren (R) to Wall Street.