"It's a sign of the times and how important the fight is that five major presidential candidates would come here in a 24-hour period."
"Americans deserve better than mean-spirited, self-serving politicians."
The AFL-CIO hopes to lay out a strategy to unite workers across the country behind its Raising Wages Agenda and behind a broad program of progressive action.
The two leading Democratic presidential contenders met behind closed doors with top union leaders to talk positions and strategy.
Jeb Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.
Retired unionists represent the consistently largest and most-active political constituency - the elderly.
"Bernie realizes that workers' rights in the U.S. remain under attack and near the bottom of the world's democracies."
The June 9 Democratic primary in Virginia ended in a clean sweep for a new labor and community group's roster of candidates.
The meetings are important because the teachers unions are known for their members' political activism, intelligence, credibility, and reach.
The campaign will bring out at least 75 percent of newly-registered voters in for the primary elections in April 2016.