Law and Politics

Dems Stopped Sanders From Naming Union Leader to Platform Committee

June 8, 2016 

Sen. Bernie Sanders

By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Spreckels, CA – The Democratic National Committee blocked Sen. Bernie Sanders from picking RoseAnn DeMoro of the National Nurses Union as one of his five nominees to the panel writing the party platform.

“What we heard from the DNC was that they did not want representatives of labor unions on the platform-drafting committee,” the Vermont senator said at a press conference in California June 1. A DNC spokesperson told the Washington Post June 1 that the 15-member panel already had one union representative, Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and “because union leadership was represented on the full platform committee, a decision was made no union leadership would be represented on the platform drafting committee.” Sanders “told me that he really wanted me on the committee to advocate for Medicare for all,” said DeMoro, the NNU’s executive director. “It shows you how insidious the DNC has become. Labor built this party. Labor built this country. One person is enough to represent all of that?” Read more

June 7, 2016

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