Sanders wins first endorsement from a national union

By Mary Margaret Olohan

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders snagged his first endorsement from a national union Monday.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, a union with 35,000 members, announced their endorsement of the Vermont senator Monday at a Pittsburgh convention, according to Politico. The move makes Sanders the second presidential candidate to be endorsed by a national union.

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United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., represents 35,000 workers in a variety of industries, organizing private and public sector workers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only other presidential candidate endorsed by a union: the 300,000 member International Association of Fire Fighters.

“If there is going to be class struggle in the United States,” Sanders told union members Monday before they endorsed him, “it’s time that the working class got on the offensive and won that struggle,” Politico reported.

The union’s endorsement follows Sander’s release of a plan aiming to double union memberships, dubbed the Workplace Democracy Plan.

Sanders hopes to increase union membership by January 2025. It also promises to make joining unions easier.

The plan promises to give unions the ability to organize through “a majority sign up process,” end right to work laws recently enacted by Republicans, enact provisions that ensure companies can’t prevent unions from forming, repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act, provide federal workers the right to strike and more.

“Making it easier for workers to form unions is not a radical idea,” the campaign website adds. “62 percent of the American people support labor unions, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership is barely half of what it was 35 years ago.”

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3 thoughts on “Sanders wins first endorsement from a national union

  1. Wow – 35k member union.

    Too bad for Bernard the VFW, the American Legion and other veteran organizations have millions of members and they’d never endorse him.

  2. Unions don’t create jobs they only create waste of money that could be used to
    create jobs.. It’s the entrepreneur that creates more jobs and he won’t do it for no profit…burnee’s false claim to create more union in a climate of open workshop should be seen as unworkable by any thinking person… be wary of millionaire
    political hacks who’ve done ziltch saying they will do something for you…

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