Candidates are Jockeying for Union Endorsements; Sanders Just Got One

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“The UE is about what our campaign is about,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, referring to the United Electrical union. Credit Kristian Thacker for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by on August 26, 2019.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America endorsed Bernie Sanders on Monday, offering one of the few endorsements by a national union as Democratic presidential candidates continue to court labor’s support.

The union, which represents some 35,000 workers, voted to back Sanders directly after he spoke at its national convention in Pittsburgh, where he made a boisterous appeal for its help in the race.

“The UE is about what our campaign is about,” said Sanders, who was greeted onstage with raucous cheers as he peppered his comments with the phrase “brothers and sisters.’’

“Having traveled this country, there is growing disgust on the part of ordinary Americans at the corporate greed that we see,” he said. “That greed is an illness — it is an addiction. And if the corporate C.E.O.s don’t get the treatment that they need, we will provide the treatment for them.” …

NY Times 8/26

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