With all the talk about how Democrats need to reach out more to the working class, one would logically conclude that the labor unions would be a big constituent group in the race for DNC Chair. That’s why it’s worth noting that Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, which is an organization that represents 12.5 million workers, has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison.
Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, tweeted a statement yesterday announcing the decision.
“Rep. Ellison meets the high standard working people expect from leaders of our political parties,” Trumka said. “He is a proven leader who will focus on year-round grass-roots organizing to deliver for working families across America. Under his leadership the Democratic Party will embody the values that our members stand for every day.”
There have been a lot of activists who were worried about electing a Member of Congress to be the next Chair of the DNC. Their reasoning is they wanted to have someone who would be devoting their attention to building the Party and ensuring success of progressive causes. The AFL-CIO’s endorsement came after Ellison addressed those concerns by claiming he’d resign from Congress if he became Chair.
In response to receiving the endorsement, Ellison also sent out an olive branch to those who believe the Democratic Party didn’t do enough to reach out to workers during the last election.
“The AFL-CIO knows the challenges facing America’s working families and how to speak to working Americans of all colors, genders, and backgrounds,” Ellison said about the endorsement. “I am proud to be on their side and I am even prouder that the AFL-CIO is on mine. Workers will be central to the Democratic Party.”