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Rank And File Union Members Are Resisting Backing Clinton

- October 11, 2015

“Unhappy With The Status Quo,” Union Members Across The Country Are “Restive” Over The “Possibility Of Their Affiliates Endorsing Clinton.” “Unhappy with the status quo and uncertain about the future of labor as union membership shrinks, union members across the country are restive over the possibility of their affiliates endorsing Clinton.” (Sam Frizell, “Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor,” Time, 7/16/15)

Abiding By Their Members, The Nation’s Top Unions Are “Sitting On The Sidelines” As They Are “Content To Let Clinton Sweat It Out While They Withhold Endorsement.” “Labor leaders are ‘playing hard to get’ with Hillary Clinton in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Many of the nation’s top unions are sitting on the sidelines, content to let Clinton sweat it out while they withhold endorsements.” (Ken Thomas, “’Give It A Go, Joe’: Pittsburgh Union Crowd Cheers On Biden,” Associated Press, 9/8/15)

Despite Clinton’s Pandering, “Many Labor Groups Still Plan To Try To Send Her A Message” Through Delaying Any Endorsements. “So Mrs. Clinton’s support on Tuesday for repealing the so-called Cadillac tax on certain health care plans under the Affordable Care Act, a move urged by many unions, was welcomed by labor, after others in the Democratic field had taken that position. Yet many labor groups still plan to try to send her a message.” (Maggie Haberman, “Today In Politics: Labor Groups Only Partly Return Hillary Clinton’s Embrace,” The New York Times, 9/30/15)

Members Of The International Association Of Fire Fighters, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) And The American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees Have Recently “Opted To Delay” Endorsement Of Clinton Due To “Uncertainty Over Biden And Sanders.” “It’s the opposite approach of the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the International Association of Fire Fighters, which have opted to delay endorsements — something labor insiders attribute to uncertainty over Biden and Sanders.” (Kimberly Hefling, “Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Clinton For President,” Politico, 10/3/15)

The National Education Association, Who Recently Endorsed Clinton, Currently Faces “Backlash” Similar To Its “Sister Union, The Smaller American Federation Of Teachers (AFT),” Who “Is Still Struggling With” Angry Members After Its Leaders Endorsed Clinton Earlier This Year. “The decision the NEA will make at its leadership meetings this week comes amid a backlash that its sister union, the smaller American Federation of Teachers, is still struggling with after its leaders endorsed Clinton early in the summer.” (Evan Halper, “Some Teachers Resisting Union Endorsement Of Hillary Rodham Clinton For President,” Los Angeles Times, 10/1/15)


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