October 23, 2015

Giving Up Hope On Better Options, Labor Bosses Turn To Clinton

Last month, AFSCME—the American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees—said they would delay their labor organization’s endorsement in the hopes that Vice President Joe Biden might enter the presidential race. Those hopes were dashed earlier this week when Biden announced he wouldn’t run.

Two major unions have decided to delay endorsements in the presidential race — a move labor insiders attribute in part to the uncertainty Vice President Joe Biden’s potential run has inserted into the Democratic primary.

AFSCME endorsed Clinton this afternoon after their governing board took a vote, but that doesn’t change the fact that rank-and-file labor voters are more comfortable with a candidate like Bernie Sanders (I-VT) than Clinton:

Many workers see a more natural alliance with Sanders than with Clinton, according to interviews with dozens of union members, from rank-and-file dues-payers to national union presidents.

Last month, Clinton announced her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline—an issue widely supported by labor unions.