On Sunday the Sanders campaign announced another major union endorsement for the presidential candidate. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America has officially backed Sanders for president.
Sanders and his supporters hope that this latest endorsement will help boost him in time for this Tuesday’s five presidential primaries.
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America is a 35,000 member national union. Its president, Peter Knowlton, says that Sanders is “the most pro-worker pro-union presidential candidate that I have seen in my lifetime” and that electing Sanders “is a unique opportunity that workers and union must not pass up. We are proud to endorse Bernie Sanders and support his campaign.”
Sanders publicly thanked the union on his website and twitter:
I thank the 35,000 members of the United Electrical Workers for their endorsement. https://t.co/yvNHo5Z0kb
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 24, 2016
Sanders stated: “I thank the 35,000 members of the United Electrical Workers for their endorsement. During my 25 years in Congress, I have been proud to stand side by side with the UE fighting to increase the minimum wage to a living wage; to guarantee health care to every man, woman and child as a right; to make it easier for workers to join unions; to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure; to transform our nation’s energy system; and against disastrous trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and normalized trade with China which have destroyed millions of decent-paying jobs in America.”
The endorsement was unanimously approved by the rank-and-file local delegates from the organization.
Sanders’ other union endorsements include the Communications Workers of America, the American Postal Workers Union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, National Nurses United, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.