AFL-CIO leader: ‘Pence second worst VP pick in history’

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

The AFL-CIO does not support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or his choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his vice presidential running mate.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Friday congratulated Trump on choosing “the second worst vice presidential pick in history.”

Trumka did not clarify whom he felt was the worst pick for vice presidential candidate, and a call to the AFL-CIO seeking comment was not immediately returned.

A statement from Trumka on the organization’s website said, “Everything Donald Trump says shows he is desperate to be working people’s friend, but everything Donald Trump does proves he is our enemy. This decision proves that he does not stand with working families. Mike Pence might be the right choice for Donald Trump, but he’s the wrong choice for America.”

It went on to say, “Mike Pence once again proves Donald Trump’s true priority of assaulting the rights of working people and helping corporate CEOs line their pockets.”

Trumka cited several reasons why he does not support Pence, including his support of Indiana’s “right-to-work” law and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The AFL-CIO, which endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in June, is the largest federation of unions in the United States. It represents about 12.5 million people in 56 unions, including the United Auto Workers.

A UAW spokesman said the union had nothing to add to the statement from the AFL-CIO, which UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada are executive council members of.

Williams announced the UAW’s endorsement of Clinton in May, citing the former Secretary of State’s “lifelong commitment to the job security of American families, and her ability to unify and win in November” as top reasons for the support.

“Hillary Clinton understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities,” Williams said.

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