Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton leads chief opponent Bernie Sanders in endorsements from labor unions. She is shown at a town hall in Waterloo, Iowa, Dec. 9, 2015. (photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters)
John E. McElhenny II | In These Times | January 18, 2016
he leadership of my union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), officially endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president on December 10. The endorsement came after union leadership had informed its members on November 17 that they would not make a presidential endorsement for at least two more months and without holding a membership vote.
Fifty-five rank-and-file union members from over 50 different AFGE locals signed on to a letter sent to AFGE leaders on November 16 that urged the union “to oppose an early primary endorsement for Hillary Clinton” and expressed support for Senator Bernie Sanders.
In response to the petition and the demand that the union refrain from issuing an early endorsement, National Vice President Gerald Swanke, from District 11, responded via email: “We’re not. I don’t expect an endorsement until at least the legislative conference.”