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Another Major Union Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders - HuffPo

Another Major Union Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders
The 190,000-member Amalgamated Transit Union hops aboard the Bernie bus.

Dave Jamieson - HuffPo
03/14/2016 02:47 pm ET


An important transit workers union endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Evan Vucci/ASSOCIATED PRESS


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A national transit workers union threw its weight behind presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday, endorsing the Vermont independent over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The Amalgamated Transit Union waited longer than most major unions before endorsing a candidate in the race for the White House. Union leadership said it had carried out a careful and deliberative process with union members before deciding to side with Sanders.

“The sincerity of Bernie Sanders and his long standing fidelity to the issues that are so important to working people are what convinced us that standing with Bernie is standing with the 99% of America that has been left out of the mainstream public debate, cheated out of our jobs and denied the true meaning of the American dream,” Larry Hanley, the union's president, said in a statement.


Since announcing their candidacies, Clinton and Sanders have had a long and protracted battle for the backing of organized labor. By any measure, Clinton is way out in front of the self-described democratic socialist. In October, she locked up endorsements from unions representing the majority of unionized workers in the U.S., including the largest public sector labor groups in the country.

But a handful of progressive unions have broken with the pack and declared their support for Sanders. That includes the Communications Workers of America, National Nurses United, the American Postal Workers Union, and now the ATU.

Most important for Sanders, those unions' backing has helped stave off a potential endorsement of Clinton by the AFL-CIO, the national labor federation they are all members of.

Many unions came out in favor of Clinton long before Sanders became a viable threat for the Democratic nomination...


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More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-amalgamated-transit-union_us_56c6151ee4b0c3c550541c2a?utm_hp_ref=politics



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Reply Another Major Union Just Endorsed Bernie Sanders - HuffPo (Original post)
WillyT Mar 2016 OP
Todays_Illusion Mar 2016 #1
Punkingal Mar 2016 #2
Fawke Em Mar 2016 #34
Punkingal Mar 2016 #36
Barack_America Mar 2016 #3
RoccoR5955 Mar 2016 #12
beltanefauve Mar 2016 #43
appalachiablue Mar 2016 #4
UglyGreed Mar 2016 #5
WillyT Mar 2016 #6
UglyGreed Mar 2016 #8
freebrew Mar 2016 #52
k8conant Mar 2016 #7
Cheese Sandwich Mar 2016 #9
RichVRichV Mar 2016 #10
Divernan Mar 2016 #11
AzDar Mar 2016 #13
Iwillnevergiveup Mar 2016 #14
WillyT Mar 2016 #39
Nanjeanne Mar 2016 #15
ljm2002 Mar 2016 #16
WillyT Mar 2016 #40
angrychair Mar 2016 #17
INdemo Mar 2016 #18
Art_from_Ark Mar 2016 #42
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #19
Raster Mar 2016 #24
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #25
white_wolf Mar 2016 #35
beltanefauve Mar 2016 #44
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #49
beltanefauve Mar 2016 #50
pdsimdars Mar 2016 #20
bvf Mar 2016 #21
Enthusiast Mar 2016 #22
SoapBox Mar 2016 #23
PatrynXX Mar 2016 #26
JGug1 Mar 2016 #27
Uncle Joe Mar 2016 #28
Ferd Berfel Mar 2016 #29
jillan Mar 2016 #47
Herman4747 Mar 2016 #30
Ivan Kaputski Mar 2016 #41
Agony Mar 2016 #31
jwirr Mar 2016 #32
Duval Mar 2016 #33
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2016 #37
SammyWinstonJack Mar 2016 #38
marlakay Mar 2016 #45
Major Hogwash Mar 2016 #46
revbones Mar 2016 #48
George II Mar 2016 #51
revbones Mar 2016 #54
George II Mar 2016 #55
revbones Mar 2016 #57
warrprayer Mar 2016 #53
bobthedrummer Mar 2016 #56

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:20 PM

1. I have been expecting Bernie Sanders' endorsments to begin to climb, and they are and will continue.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:21 PM

2. Seems like Bernie endorsements are ramping up.

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Response to Punkingal (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:53 PM

34. People had to know he could win, I suspect.

Which is fine. I think the dam had some cracks after the 3 out of 4 weekend, but Michigan busted a hole. We'll see tomorrow if the dam is going to break completely.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #34)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 05:30 PM

36. It is. He will win 3 states tomorrow.

And she was supposed to beat up on him on March 15.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:25 PM

3. Link to their site:

http://www.atu.org

I would be very curious to know how many members they have in NY, NJ and PA. Not to mention CA.

The true hubs of mass transit by-and-large have not yet voted (Boston being a notable exception, of course).

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:09 PM

12. Well in NY

 

not just NYC, but Albany (and Troy), Syracuse, Buffalo, Binghamton, and Rochester have locals.
This bodes well for Bernie!
Now if only the TWU would get his backing.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 08:31 PM

43. Not sure but

the train operators and station agents at BART( Bay Area Rapid Transit) are ATU 1555, and BART has over 300 station agents. The system service workers are SEIU, the clerical workers are AFSME. The BART police have a union as well. The AC Transit drivers (Alameda County) are ATU as well. If most public transit drivers and agents in California belong to the ATU, then that's a lot of people

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:30 PM

4. Bravo Bernie, enough is enough is enough!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:33 PM

5. Here is the endorsement

Silver Spring, MD – Pointing to the urgent need for a candidate who fights for working families; who stands up to Wall Street and the billionaire class, who will break with politics as usual, the Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board voted Monday to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President.

“The sincerity of Bernie Sanders and his long standing fidelity to the issues that are so important to working people are what convinced us that standing with Bernie is standing with the 99% of America that has been left out of the mainstream public debate, cheated out of our jobs and denied the true meaning of the American dream,” said ATU International President Larry Hanley in making the announcement.

“His unabashed support of civil rights, public services, free tuition at public colleges, increases in Social Security and the minimum wage, make him an ideal candidate. But the Labor Movement owes Senator Sanders so much for his consistent opposition to right wing programs and his championing of first-rate healthcare for all – which is already the global standard,” Hanley continued.

ATU will be recommending that ATU members vote for Bernie in the primaries and caucuses that remain. The union also plans to mobilize members across the country in support of Sanders’ campaign

“We reject the idea that these vital programs are unattainable and resent the notion that we as a country can afford unlimited and unquestioned expenses for war, but must withstand the Tea Party Test on every investment in our own people. The attempt to belittle what so many of us believe in and what Senator Sanders has brought to the national stage is antithetical to the progressive history of the Democratic Party.”

Hanley recalled the brave words of Robert F. Kennedy in South Africa in 1966 in announcing ATU’s support of Senator Sanders:

“‘There is discrimination in this world, and slavery and slaughter and starvation. Governments repress their people; millions are trapped in poverty while the nation grows rich and wealth is lavished on armaments everywhere. These are differing evils, but they are the common works of man. They reflect the imperfection of human justice, the inadequacy of human compassion, our lack of sensibility towards the suffering of our fellows. But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers; that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.’

“Today we remember those words and are proud to stand with the candidate who was arrested fighting for civil rights, had the judgment and courage to vote against a senseless war, stood up to the drug companies, the banks and Wall Street and remained loyal to the common struggling worker. In the spirit of Bobby Kennedy we ask our members to stand with Bernie Sanders.”

ATU is the largest labor organization representing transportation workers in United States and Canada. With more than 192,000 members in 253 local unions spread across 47 states and nine provinces, including 3,000 workers at Greyhound Lines, Inc., ATU members work as bus drivers, light rail operators, maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees.

“This is no ordinary time in U.S. history and our nation is crying out for a leader who owes nothing to the corporate interests responsible for undermining the American middle class,” says Hanley. “Our executive board recognizes what’s at stake in this election and have made the bold decision of endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. Bernie is right for working people and right for America."


http://www.atu.org/media/releases/atu-endorses-senator-bernie-sanders-for-president

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Response to UglyGreed (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:35 PM

6. Thank You For That !!!

 






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Response to WillyT (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:37 PM

8. My pleasure

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Response to UglyGreed (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 10:01 AM

52. Yes, thanks...

fantastic.

Damn, I miss the Kennedys.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:36 PM

7. Strange words:

"Many unions came out in favor of Clinton long before Sanders became a viable threat for the Democratic nomination..."

Shouldn't it say "a viable contender"?

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 02:39 PM

9. Woooooooow!!!

 

That's awesome.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:04 PM

10. Well we're always accused of throwing people under the bus.

And now we have the drivers to do it.



Wel done ATU!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:06 PM

11. As Christopher Walken would say, "WOW-EEE-WOW-WOW!

That's Fantastic!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:12 PM

13. Go Bernie, GO!!

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:19 PM

14. Thank you, WillyT

for all your positive and timely updates.

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Response to Iwillnevergiveup (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:15 PM

39. Anytime Uncle Iwillnevergiveup... Anytime...

 






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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:20 PM

15. Kicking News!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:23 PM

16. Wonderful news, thanks for sharing! n/t

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:16 PM

40. You Got It !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:24 PM

17. A big "thank you!"

To my Union brothers and sisters from one humble Union brother in WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 (who also endorsed Sanders)!!
We are stronger together!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:28 PM

18. When the Union's General membership votes for whom to support

they will choose Bernie Sanders. When the executive committees decide they tend to support Hillary.

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Response to INdemo (Reply #18)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:32 PM

42. The rank-and-file know who has their back

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:32 PM

19. Note how the leadership arrived at the endorsement:

 

"Union leadership said it had carried out a careful and deliberative process with union members before deciding to side with Sanders." (emphasis mine)

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:57 PM

24. Yep, it would appear that some of the Union endorsements for Clinton...

...were Union management decisions, AND NOT THE CHOICE OF THE RANK-AND-FILE.

Quite analagous to Planned Parenthood and NARAL, both of whom have come under fire from members about their Clinton endorsements.

I, for one, have supported and contributed to Planned Parenthood in every state I have lived in for the last 30 years - Arizona, Texas, California, Washington - and now have second thoughts about my continued support for PP.

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Response to Raster (Reply #24)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:03 PM

25. I know the HRC (gay rights) may never get a dime from me.

 

We need better advocates. We deserve better advocates.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #25)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:57 PM

35. Their stance on trans rights were enough to make me dislike them.

The endorsement of Clinton just sealed the deal.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 08:39 PM

44. My husband's union is ATU.

ATU held a conference call/town meeting with it's members and Hillary Clinton about two months ago. We weren't able to participate so I don't know how it went. And here we are with a Sanders endorsement. Yes, I do believe ATU did go through a careful and deliberate process of reaching out to the membership. Good on them!

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Response to beltanefauve (Reply #44)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 01:52 AM

49. Even town meetings? Wow, that is careful.

 

Thanks for adding that information.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #49)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:26 AM

50. You're welcome!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:34 PM

20. The most important point for me . . ..

was the sentence . . .

"Union leadership said it had carried out a careful and deliberative process with union members before deciding to side with Sanders. "

This is the case with every one of Bernie's endorsements. . . they check with the MEMBERSHIP for who THEY want to endorse.

In EVERY endorsement of Hillary, it is NOT the members but the LEADERS who endorse her.

In one case ALL the organization endorses and the other a handful of leaders. Quite a difference

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:36 PM

21. WTG!

 

Was a member a long time ago. Still have my union card.

Woo-hoo!!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:48 PM

22. Kicked and recommended a whole bunch!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 03:52 PM

23. Every minute of every day...

Americans Feel the Bern!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:25 PM

26. hows the saying go Shoot first ask questions later

Do'h.. at least it wasn't a game of a gun.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:31 PM

27. Union Endorsing Bernie

He is building momentum and I am beginning to believe he just might pull it off.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:35 PM

28. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, WillyT.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:38 PM

29. Gee THIS Union Talked with their Rank-and-File

and they endorsed Bernie - huh. Imagine that

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Response to Ferd Berfel (Reply #29)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 11:20 PM

47. How about that?! Woot!!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:40 PM

30. The WalMart Queen shouldn't get any union endorsements at all! n/t

 

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Response to Herman4747 (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 07:28 PM

41. ^^^this^^^

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:40 PM

31. "Bernie Sanders and his long standing fidelity" !!! Heck Yeah!

Right There! that sez it!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:46 PM

32. K&R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:53 PM

33. Thank you for posting this!

 

WillyT, you're GRRRREAT!!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 05:50 PM

37. KnR!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 05:57 PM

38. Woot!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 09:31 PM

45. Cool thats my husbands union

And I wondered who they would endorse. Sure didn't ask us but we are retired.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 09:51 PM

46. Another union for Bernie, great!!!

Hillary will try to break them up now if she gets in the White House.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Mon Mar 14, 2016, 11:31 PM

48. Unlike Clinton's endorsements, the members participated in the decision

 

"Union leadership said it had carried out a careful and deliberative process with union members before deciding to side with Sanders. "

That says a whole lot!

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Response to revbones (Reply #48)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 08:40 AM

51. Members participated in virtually every endorsement by the unions that endorsed Clinton. Fact.

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Response to George II (Reply #51)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 12:34 PM

54. Actually that is not true. You should research that.

 

I believe it is actually none, but there might be one or two...

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Response to revbones (Reply #54)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:34 PM

55. True. And I did.

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Response to George II (Reply #55)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:44 PM

57. Obviously not.

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 10:58 AM

53. K&R

For visibility

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 02:41 PM

56. K&R#265 former Local 232 member, UFCW campaign captain, father lifelong Teamster here...

 

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