Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CWA Switches Endorsement from Bernie to Hillary

Over the course of the past year and two months, Hillary Clinton accrued the endorsements of a great many labor unions. The Communications Workers of America was not among them.  That changed today when the president, Chris Shelton, told members today that it was time to rethink, rescind, and re-endorse for Hillary.


Pro-Sanders Union Gets Behind Hillary Clinton: ‘She Is The Candidate’

After endorsing Bernie Sanders, a union president says Hillary Clinton is now the only choice.

 Dave Jamieson Labor Reporter, The Huffington Post

Gary Cameron/Reuters
WASHINGTON — The president of one of the largest labor unions to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders says it’s time to rally behind Hillary Clinton and keep Donald Trump out of the White House at all costs.
In a speech to union members in D.C. on Tuesday, Chris Shelton, president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America, said that while Clinton is not a “perfect candidate,” she is the candidate the union needs to get behind immediately.
While saying Clinton is “not [the] populist” they would prefer, Shelton noted that she stood with the union on the Verizon picket line, sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act as a senator and backs comprehensive immigration reform.
“Donald Trump is a mindless jerk who threatens to destroy our country,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is a thoughtful and experienced leader with whom we have sometimes had disagreements. It’s a no-brainer.”
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Regardless of what Bernie or his supporters say or do, it all ends tonight, right about now as I type, in D.C. It is on from here against Donald Trump. As we used to say in the 60s, either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem.