Hillary Clinton Speaks to Unions in Philadelphia

For Hillary Clinton, Wednesday was an important day in Pennsylvania.

The former Secretary of State made her way to Philadelphia that morning, where she addressed more than 700 Pennsylvania Union members and leaders at the state’s annual AFL-CIO Convention.

Clinton first told convention attendees her grandfather lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania and quickly switched to issues at hand, including fighting for the Unions should she be elected to the Oval Office.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected President, organized labor will always have a champion at the White House table,” she said.

The Presidential hopeful also addressed steel worker issues in Pennsylvania and increasing the minimum wage, backing Governor Wolf’s initiative to increase the state minimum wage.

Her message to Unions in Pennsylvania and across the country, was simple — I will stand with you.

“My message to every worker in Pennsylvania, every worker across America is this…I will stand with you, I will have your back, and I will stop dead in its tracks any trade deal that hurts America,” said Clinton.

Roxanne Hoaq is Chapter Chair for Service Employees International Union, SEIU. She said Clinton addressed everything she wanted to hear.

“She hit the hammer with the nail. The minimum wage and steel workers and families, working families and fighting the legislation and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), that’s very important for all the trade workers.”

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale introduced Clinton, recalling their friendship which began in the early nineties during Bill Clinton’s campaign for the White House. Bloomingdale said she did well.

“She hit every major point that we care about. She spoke right to working families and she did a tremendous job,” he said.

Clinton spent Wednesday evening campaigning in Pittsburgh, at Carnegie Mellon University, ahead of the April 26th Pennsylvania Primary.

Among the five states holding primaries that day, Pennsylvania has the most delegates to offer.

Senator Sanders is scheduled to speak at the AFL-CIO Convention Thursday morning at 10 am. Also speaking at the Convention Thursday will be Governor Tom Wolf. More info about the AFL-CIO speaker lineup can be found here.





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