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Teamsters to host presidential forum with six 2020 Democrats

Teamsters to host presidential forum with six 2020 Democrats
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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), one of the nation’s most prominent labor unions, announced Wednesday it will host a presidential forum Saturday with six Democratic White House contenders. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Biden town hall questioner worked as speechwriter in Obama administration: report MORE, Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker 'outs' Cruz as vegan; Cruz jokingly decries 'scurrilous attack' Why Latinos should oppose Barrett confirmation Judiciary Committee sets vote on Barrett's nomination for next week MORE (D-N.J.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Washington flooded with Women's March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote Supreme Court battle turns into 2020 proxy war MORE (D-Minn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' MORE (I-Vt.) and businessman Tom SteyerTom Steyer2020 election already most expensive ever TV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' MORE are all slated to participate. IBT, which represents 1.4 million members nationwide, invited candidates who participated in an on-camera interview with the union and agreed to sign its three-point pledge.

The candidates will appear individually on stage at the event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will take questions from journalists Leslie Marshall and Art Cullen and Teamsters members from Iowa and other key 2020 states.

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The forum will focus on the issues of pensions and retirement security, collective bargaining rights and fair trade policies. It is being organized by the union along with The Guardian and The Storm Lake Times.

The event comes as the 2020 Democratic primary field competes for the support of labor groups as the party works to win back working-class voters who traditionally vote for Democrats but flipped to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE in 2016.

Several of the campaigns have also released plans to expand workers’ collective bargaining rights and limit employers’ power to curtail unionization.

Staffers on a number of the campaigns have themselves unionized, including those on the campaigns of Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (D-Mass.).