The leaders of the AFL-CIO said this weekend that they would continue pushing union members to campaign aggressively for Vice President Al Gore, even though he has reiterated his support for President Clinton's trade deal with China.
Persuading Congress to reject the China accord has become organized labor's No. 1 legislative goal this year, and some labor leaders are voicing fears that Gore's support for the deal could cause many rank-and-file union members to sour on the vice president.
On Thursday, Gore told labor leaders meeting in New Orleans that any trade agreements he negotiated as president would have strong labor and environmental protections. Some union officials took that to mean that Gore was unenthusiastic about the China deal, which does not contain such protections.