AFT endorses Hillary Clinton

She will fight so working people can build a good life

PSRPs LIKE what they see in presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. So much so that PSRP leaders and others on the AFT executive council voted overwhelmingly in July to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.

As a children’s advocate, as first lady of the United States and later as a U.S. senator, Clinton has led many initiatives for the well-being of children and families. She stresses the need to raise wages, reduce cost pressures on families, help workers develop professional skills and make sure students can afford to pay for college. She stands for workers’ rights, for our ability not only to make a decent living but to have a decent life and set our kids up for a bright future.

Hillary Clinton has actively fought to modernize workplace standards so that they reflect modern working conditions.

“Throughout my career,” she says, “I have stood with all workers as they exercise their right to organize and bargain collectively.”

She also addresses head-on the contracting out of public services, which has hit school bus drivers and food service workers particularly hard—causing them to lose both work and pay. This kind of privatization is now beginning to wreak havoc across school and college support services, including information technology, payroll, groundskeeping, and facilities engineering and maintenance.

“I do not believe that we should be contracting, outsourcing or privatizing work that is inherently governmental in nature, including school services,” she says.

We need an economy that works for everyone. We can’t allow anyone to make less than a decent living and be left scrambling to retire. People’s hard work should be recognized and rewarded. That’s why it’s important who will become our next president, because who we elect can make the difference in reshaping our economy and reclaiming the promise of public education.

In vision, in experience and in leadership, Hillary Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House. She is a tested leader who is prepared for a fight on behalf of students, families and communities. And it’s not just that she shares our values. Members told us loud and clear that they believe she is the right candidate—not just to earn the nomination, but to win the White House.

Hillary Clinton has shown that she is ready to work with us to confront the issues facing children and working families. She is the champion we need.

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