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Fri Aug 14, 2015, 01:36 PM Aug 2015

More good news just for us!

Machinists' union endorses Clinton for president in 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton on Friday won the endorsement of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, making it the second national union to give the Democratic front-runner the stamp of approval.

Clinton is trying to win over labor - often a key source of volunteers and funds for Democrats - as part of an effort to build a broad coalition within her party and avoid a potentially damaging, drawn-out primary fight. The winner of the primary contest will face the Republican nominee in the November 2016 election.

Clinton has already won the backing of the American Federation of Teachers.

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More good news just for us! (Original Post) yallerdawg Aug 2015 OP
Yeah! shenmue Aug 2015 #1
Great! livetohike Aug 2015 #2
One more excerpt! yallerdawg Aug 2015 #3
I was looking at the list of current Congressional Members who have endorsed Hillary, 118 to date Thinkingabout Aug 2015 #4
Yes, "Heh, look at those comments..." yallerdawg Aug 2015 #5
I just posted this in GD/P too. sufrommich Aug 2015 #6
Thank you,su.. I'll look for it. Cha Aug 2015 #15
Now Just Waiting . . . Gamecock Lefty Aug 2015 #7
That's how you do it one union at a time!! FloridaBlues Aug 2015 #8
K&R ismnotwasm Aug 2015 #9
I think SEIU will too. Starry Messenger Aug 2015 #10
From a recent Politico piece: yallerdawg Aug 2015 #11
Oh great! Starry Messenger Aug 2015 #12
SEIU and NEA rank and file support HRC where I live. n/t freshwest Aug 2015 #13
Her roundtable with SEIU homecare workers was amazing. Starry Messenger Aug 2015 #14
Thanks for the link. Will listen tomorrow. Lot of videos on the sidebar, too. n/t freshwest Aug 2015 #17
The union, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members.. Cha Aug 2015 #16
That IS good news! calimary Aug 2015 #18


(16,104 posts)
3. One more excerpt!
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 01:46 PM
Aug 2015
The union, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members, according to its website.

600,000! How big is that?

Well, almost the same number of people as total population of...Vermont?


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4. I was looking at the list of current Congressional Members who have endorsed Hillary, 118 to date
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 01:48 PM
Aug 2015

with 15 former members of Congress also endorsing Hillary. These are members who have worked in Congress who has confidence in Hillary but not in Bernie. O'Malley has one endorsement from Congress, 31 Democratic Senate members out of 44, 87 Democratic Representative members out of 188, overwhelming support from Congress.

Gamecock Lefty

(700 posts)
7. Now Just Waiting . . .
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 04:38 PM
Aug 2015

For the "oligarchy, corporatist Dem" comments from the DU Bernistas to begin.

Go get 'em, Hillary!

Starry Messenger

(32,342 posts)
10. I think SEIU will too.
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 08:48 PM
Aug 2015

And the NEA. This is an interesting horse race from the perspective of a labor nerd. Sanders has kind of been catnip for the left wing of labor activists, some unions are endorsing him, some her. Usually things aren't quite so exciting!

I'm glad that IAMAW endorsed her, as I was starting to hear some grumping from my own organizational ties that it was just the ladyunions endorsing HRC, and of course it was predictable of us, etc. I'd like a few more industrial industries to do it, just to rub it in a little. I'm human.


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11. From a recent Politico piece:
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:38 PM
Aug 2015
Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign continues to woo labor leaders through back channels. Democrats familiar with labor unions’ thinking have suggested that large unions — like the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which backed her over Barack Obama in 2008 — are leaning toward a Clinton endorsement. (AFSCME’s president Lee Saunders issued a statement praising Clinton in April, and he appeared with her in Washington shortly before her campaign launch.)

Clinton has also spent time courting the Service Employees International Union, the 1.8 million member union unaffiliated with the AFL-CIO that’s behind the Fight for $15 movement. She appeared by video at a Fight for $15 convention in Detroit in June, though she has since avoided endorsing a national $15 hour minimum wage.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign has added to its ranks to personally appeal to labor. The campaign hired its own labor liaison in its early stages, bringing on Nikki Budzinski, a well-respected former organizer of the powerful United Food and Commercial Workers, a major Democratic donor and the labor group behind nationwide Wal-Mart protests.

Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta hosted about two dozen labor leaders at his house in July. And the candidate has enlisted scores of labor economists and policy experts to craft proposals designed to meet the AFL-CIO’s central demand for 2016: raising wages.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/hillary-clintons-strategy-to-woo-labor-120835.html#ixzz3iqKgr7Do

Starry Messenger

(32,342 posts)
12. Oh great!
Fri Aug 14, 2015, 09:43 PM
Aug 2015

I didn't know that about Nikki Budzinski. I hope that means the OURWalmart coalition is coming in too. That would be huge.

Starry Messenger

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14. Her roundtable with SEIU homecare workers was amazing.
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 12:35 AM
Aug 2015

These women have insanely hard lives. One woman had to go back to work *3 days* after having a c-section birth. Lots of painful stories. I am very picky about politicians and how they are in interactions with union members. I genuinely felt HRC understood and was listening, and that the women in the room felt heard.

This is over an hour, but worth watching any bits of it, imo! https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=98&v=Mr6x3Z7dVSw


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16. The union, based in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members..
Sat Aug 15, 2015, 12:53 AM
Aug 2015

Thank you, yallerdawg!

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