Handful of Democratic hopefuls to speak at labor union summit in Philly

Mark Abrams
September 17, 2019 - 10:20 am
Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates plan to take the stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Tuesday for a labor forum. 

The free event, billed as the Workers' Presidential Summit, is organized by union leadership of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO.

A few big names have committed to Tuesday's forum, including Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, as well as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, according to union officials. They will share the stage with Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, businessman Andrew Yang, and wealthy political activist Tom Steyer.

Biden is the only candidate whose national campaign is headquartered in Philadelphia.

Union members from throughout Philadelphia, suburban counties and South Jersey have been invited to attend the 3 p.m. event.

Attendants had the opportunity to ask questions for the candidates in advance via social media or the event's website, which will be asked by a moderator.

Patrick Eiding, president of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, said the remaining candidates who did not commit to attending the forum are still welcome to join.

Eiding added that the rank and file need to hear answers to specific questions about what — if elected — each candidate would do to help middle-class families and unions, especially when it comes to wages and the creation of jobs.