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. 

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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.


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 TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal 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 WarrenThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns Warren says she'll run for reelection to Senate MORE (D-Mass.).