As Most Rank and File Support Bernie, Many Unions Endorse Hillary


Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

Robert Reich | Robert Reich’s Facebook Page | Reader Supported News | December 2015

Which way will organized labor go — toward Bernie (where most rank-and-file union workers want to go) or toward Hillary (where most union leaders are heading)? Bernie’s endorsement by the South Carolina AFL-CIO is a big deal, not just because South Carolina is the third major primary after Iowa and New Hampshire but because it sends a powerful signal to other union federations around the countr

The South Carolina AFL-CIO executive board passed a resolution supporting U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination and recommending his endorsement by the state and national labor organization.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

“We call on the AFL-CIO, union members and working people everywhere to unite behind Bernie Sanders and elect the president Americas’ workers desperately need,” the resolution said. The resolution “strongly urges” the national AFL-CIO to endorse Sanders.

To read the entire resolution, click here [see below].

Erin McKee, president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, said the executive board member who recommended Sanders said “nobody in a very long time has stood up for working people and labor like Bernie Sanders has.”

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