AFSCME Endorses Joe Biden

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Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at the last Democratic debate. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Annie Linskey on March 23, 2020.

One of the country’s largest public-service unions endorsed former vice president Joe Biden on Monday, further consolidating a key part of the Democratic coalition around the leader in the party’s nomination contest.

The 35-member executive board of the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees met Monday afternoon, speaking by teleconference because of the coronavirus outbreak, and voted unanimously to support Biden.

“We believe that it’s time to prepare to work like hell for Joe Biden and to bring the party together so we’re unified behind one candidate,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Members of the board used “a lot of colorful language” to describe how President Trump’s policies have hurt workers, particularly in the Midwest, according to a person familiar with the proceedings who was not authorized to discuss a private meeting. …

The Washington Post 3/23

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