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While it is unlikely that the 2016 presidential field will fully emerge until after the midterm elections, it will probably coalesce fairly quickly after November. The earliest union endorsements of the 2008 presidential election came in August 2007, just over four months before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. By December 2007, 16 national unions had made endorsements for several different presidential candidates.
We readily acknowledge that every affiliate has the autonomy and ability to make its own individual endorsement. We understand and respect that some affiliates will have reasons to endorse early while others will want to delay endorsements. In order to make the most effective use of our collective endorsement, we are proposing the following process and timeline related to the 2016 AFL-CIO presidential endorsement.
As part of the process, the AFL-CIO Executive Board will take a proactive approach by discussing and potentially identifying a pro-worker presidential candidate and encouraging such a candidate to run for president in the 2016 election.
NOVEMBER 2014 TO DECEMBER 2014
JANUARY 2015 TO MARCH 2015
MARCH 2015 TO JULY 2015
AFTER JULY 2015
Once a recommendation to the Executive Council has been made, the normal endorsement procedures of the federation apply.
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