IMO just about everything important to us is riding on these candidates.
Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Kamala Harris of California will be on that debate stage in September. So will former Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

Those five have name recognition (Biden and Sanders), organization and popular support (Warren), a big base in the Golden State (Harris), and a nationwide network of backers from a particularly loyal pro-Democratic group (Buttigieg from the LGBTQ community) to make it. All five have the money to compete on Super Tuesday. So give them extra scrutiny. After them, it’s a crapshoot.

Virtually all the candidates support strengthening workers’ rights, especially the right to organize. All also support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But there is one key difference.

Only four have backed workers’ rights and unions in public, before the DNC’s nationwide TV audiences: Sanders, Warren, Harris, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. So did a former hopeful, Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. The five also support strengthening the rights of all—emphasize “all”—workers.

The others, including Biden, and Buttigieg, discussed strengthening workers’ rights only before union audiences. Those four and the other 15 who spoke at a special AFSCME political conference in Las Vegas on August 3 said national legislation is needed to ensure collective bargaining for state and local government workers.