Exclusive: Clinton to face grilling by union leaders on trade, economic issues

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting in San FranciscoBy Amanda Becker and Luciana Lopez WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet privately this month with leaders of the nation’s largest labor federation as she seeks to prevent a revolt by union members infuriated by her cautious stance on a looming trade deal, labor sources told Reuters. Leaders with the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group for 56 member unions representing more than 12.5 million workers, will press her on issues such as trade, infrastructure and the types of officials she would name to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. During its gathering in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 29-30, the AFL-CIO’s executive council will also have separate meetings with Clinton rivals former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, whose presidential candidacy has been gaining steam among labor union activists.

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