Unions Team Up for 2004
TWELVE UNIONS THAT HAVE endorsed the presidential
campaign of Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) yesterday
announced formation of the Alliance for Economic
Justice, an organization that will allow them to legally
pool their resources and work together in the 2004
The group, which includes the Ironworkers, Teamsters,
Laborers and Steelworkers, was formed in large part
because the AFL-CIO -- the largest labor umbrella group
-- will not endorse a Democratic candidate before the
Jan. 19 Iowa caucus, a make-or-break event for Gephardt.
Donald Kaniewski and Frank Voyack, political and
legislative directors of the Laborers' International
Union and the Ironworkers, respectively, said they hope
to get all 20 unions that have endorsed Gephardt to join
the alliance. The budget and staffing have not been
worked out, they said.
The alliance will be a labor federation under the 501(c)
(5) section of the U.S. tax law, they said. This will
allow the unions to work together registering members,
getting them to the polls and conducting education
programs. Kaniewski said about 52,000 Iowa workers
belong to unions that have endorsed Gephardt.
Washington Post 10.17.03