Card Check: Candidates Calling

By March 23, 2007Labor Unions

Wherever many potential campaign contributors (or workers, in this case) gather, so gather political candidates. Thus, along with all the lobbying, rallying and conventioneering next week by the Communication Workers of America and the Building and Construction Trades Dept. we will see appearances by presidential candidates.

The CWA agenda for the Hyatt-Regency, Capitol Joe Hill, activities includes:

Sunday, March 25, 2007
1:25 Presidential Candidate and Senator Joseph Biden

Monday, March 26, 2007
9:10 Presidential Candidate Representative Dennis Kucinich

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
8:30 Presidential Candidate and Senator Barack Obama
10:00 Presidential Candidate, the Honorable John Edwards
11:10 Presidential Candidate and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

As for the builders and constructors, their schedule at the Hyatt Regency Connecticut Avenue features:

Wednesday, March 28 PLENARY SESSION 8:30 – 11:30 AM
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FORUM
FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS (D-SC) SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY) SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-IL) GOV. BILL RICHARDSON (D-NM) SENATOR JOE BIDEN (D-DE) SENATOR CHRIS DODD (D-CT) SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL (R-NE)

Rep. Peter King, R-NY, and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-OH, are speaking before the presidential candidates, so the union is seeking political balance. And, to be completely clear, it’s great that these political figures are attending. Congratulations to both unions for attracting high-ranking elected officials to speak on the record. That’s democracy at work.

To be sure, we will be curious to see how far each will be willing to pledge their fealty to the dysphagically named Employee Free Choice Act. Given that the legislation is a prime example of anti-democracy at work.

UPDATE (4:50 p.m.): Organized labor certainly seems to be setting the campaign schedule for the presidential candidates. From today’s The Note. It’s a busy week for fealty-swearing.

Tomorrow, the Democratic ’08ers will make remarks and take questions in back-to-back appearances at a health care forum sponsored by the Service Employees International Union and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The event takes place at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

Here are the speaking times (all times EASTERN):

12:30 pm Edwards
12:53 pm Richardson
1:15 pm Obama
1:37 pm Clinton
1:59 pm Dodd
2:21 pm Kucinich
2:43 pm Gravel

1:37 p.m.? That’s pinpoint timing.