Sanders: DNC kept union members off platform drafting committee
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE is accusing the Democratic National Committee of preventing labor union members from serving on the party's platform drafting committee.

"What we heard from the DNC was they did not want representatives of labor unions on the platform drafting committee," Sanders said during a news conference Wednesday, according to The Washington Post. "That’s correct."


Sanders submitted RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, to be included on the platform drafting committee. But according to Sanders and DeMoro, the DNC vetoed the nomination.

“Bernie called me and told me that he needed somebody who was a very strong voice for Medicare for all and labor on the DNC [drafting committee] and he thought I would be very vocal,” DeMoro told Politico.

"Bernie told me it was very important to him that I would agree to do this.”

DeMoro said she was kept off the committee because she's been a "harsh critic of the DNC and the rigged processes that have been going on nationally."

“I was not surprised whatsoever that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE would keep me off the drafting committee because not only would we have participated," she said, "we would have fought for our positions.”

The nurses union endorsed Sanders last year.

DNC platform committee spokeswoman Dana Vickers Shelley said in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday that the DNC didn't want labor leaders on the platform drafting committee because they already had a representative on the full committee. Paul Booth of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union is the only labor representative on the committee.

“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,” said Vickers Shelley.

“That was communicated to the campaigns, and they understood our rationale.”

But DeMoro slammed the DNC for its decision.

"The most insidious thing, frankly, is that only one of 15 people on this drafting committee is for labor," she said, according to the Post.

"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? If you look at the composition of who they chose, besides Bernie’s choices, K Street’s far better represented than the labor movement."

Last month, the DNC announced Sanders would name five members to the committee, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would name six and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz would choose the other four members of the 15-member platform drafting committee.

The move gives Sanders a major hand in drafting the party's platform.