AFL-CIO to hold off on endorsement in presidential primary - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

AFL-CIO to hold off on endorsement in presidential primary

CHICAGO (AP) - The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, will not immediately endorse any of the Democratic presidential candidates in next year's primary, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.

"It is clear that a number of the Democratic candidates have the experience and the credentials to lead our nation," a statement from the federation's executive council said. "And it is equally clear that our members support a number of the candidates - union members have told us all the candidates are impressive and they are eager to support many of them. For this reason, the AFL-CIO has decided not to proceed with a decision process that would lead to support for a single candidate at this time."

Draft copies of the statement were provided to The Associated Press. The council plans a vote and a formal announcement later in the day.

This decision means that the AFL-CIO's 55 unions are now free to endorse whoever they want. Several unions already have made plans to endorse after Labor Day.

"At a later date, the executive council will decide if the AFL-CIO should endorse a candidate for president," the statement said.

Many expected this decision following Tuesday night's presidential forum at Chicago's Soldier Field. Seven of the eight Democratic candidates appeared, and all seemed to have some support in the 17,000-person crowd made up of union members and their families.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:53:35 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a possible double homicide on West Peebles Road.  

    More >>

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a double homicide on West Peebles Road.  A major with the MPD confirmed that two people are dead after a shooting.  We're hearing from multiple family members that a brother of one of the victims, a 62-year-old man, said the two men got into an argument. One opened fire, hitting the first victim. He then went out to his car, came back to the home and shot the other man, killing him. We have a crew on the scene and updat...

    More >>
  • TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:44 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:44:57 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>
  • Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:30:41 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly