Iowa Federation of Labor

– video: Guardian News plus DMR 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona, IA.

15 CANDIDATES*: Bennet, Biden, Booker, Bullock, Buttigieg, Castro, Delaney,  Klobuchar, O'Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Sestak, Warren.  *and de Blasio via video conf. and Ben Glieb.

Background: There were some late cancellations, but 15 Democratic candidates addressed delegates on the first day of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO 63rd Annual Convention.

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO 63rd Annual Convention was held at Prairie Meadows Event Center, in Altoona, IA from August 21-23.

The first day was open to the press and union membership.  Otherwise only convention delegates and guests were allowed.  On the first day, the 21st, following an address from President Richard Trumka, there were 10 minute addresses from the following candidates:

· Representative John Delaney
· Senator Elizabeth Warren
· Governor Jay Inslee
· Senator Cory Booker
· Senator Bernie Sanders
· Mayor Bill de Blasio [flight cancelled, appeared via video conferencing but audio distorted]
· Ms. Marianne Williamson
· Vice President Joe Biden
· Mayor Bill de Blasio [take two]
· Representative Tulsi Gabbard
· Secretary Julian Castro
· Mayor Pete Buttigieg
· Governor Steve Bullock
· Representative Tim Ryan
· Senator Michael Bennet
 ·Senator Amy Klobuchar
· Fmr. Representative Beto O’Rourke
· Former Representative and Admiral Joe Sestak
· Mr. Ben Gleib

President Trumka spoke at approximately 10:00, and the candidates started at approximately 10:30.

Mission Statement

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the state federation of labor representing over 50,000 members of 520 unions throughout Iowa.

The mission of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. To accomplish this mission, we work to:

  • Build a broad movement of Iowa workers by helping workers join and form unions.
  • Support Iowa workers as they bargain with employers to improve their living conditions and workplaces, as well as their communities, state and nation.
  • Strengthen the voice of Iowa working families at all levels of government and in a changing global economy.

The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is a key part of the nation's largest and strongest labor federation—the AFL-CIO, which unites 10.5 million working women and men of every race and ethnicity and from every walk of life.