Clinton Earns Two More Union Endorsements

WASHINGTON—The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 12. A day later, IATSE also did.

The board of UFCW voted for Clinton after a year of nationwide meetings with and extensive polling of members, discussions with state and local union leaders and reviewing results from focus groups of working families in retail, including non-unionists.

“The collective decision was that Hillary Clinton is indeed the best qualified and positioned candidate to win in 2016 and fight for the issues – such as job security, fair scheduling, paid leave, raising wages, immigration and health care reform – that matter most to our diverse union family,” the UFCW board stated.

Union President Marc Perrone said, “For our union family, the 2016 Presidential election is about electing someone who will fight every single day for the issues that matter most to our 1.3 million hard-working members and their families. And, as one of the most diverse unions in the nation, we believe it is critical to select a candidate who is not just ready to be President, but who best understands that the strength of this nation is our unity and diversity.”

Theatrical and Stage Employees President Matthew Loeb said Clinton is “the only candidate that reached out to discuss issues” specific to the 125,000-member union: Digital piracy, workers’ rights and misclassification of IATSE members as “independent contractors.”

Source: PAI