Municipal Government

AFL-CIO Backs Democrats in Montana

June 30, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Helena, Mont – Speaking at the Montana AFL-CIO’s convention here June 24, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka pledged that the federation would support Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s campaign for re-election and Denise Juneau, who is trying to win the state’s one House seat from Republican Ryan Zinke.

He said the AFL-CIO will lead the union movement’s most “comprehensive and sophisticated” effort ever to elect pro-union candidates nationwide, and prevent Montana from enacting a law banning the union shop. A spokesperson for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte, who abruptly cancelled his interview with the state AFL-CIO before it endorsed Bullock, said enacting a so-called “right to work” law “will not be a priority in his administration.” Montana, whose union history goes back to an 1878 miners’ strike, has the second-highest union density among the 14 states in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions, and is one of only three that allows the union shop. Read more

June 29, 2016

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