Union members key to Hillary Clinton’s success in upcoming primaries

Candidate for president needs every AFT member to go all in

CALLING HER THE CHAMPION working people need, thousands of AFT members are speaking with friends, family and neighbors about their support for Hillary Clinton in her march toward the Democratic nomination for president. The labor vote for Clinton has made the difference so far, and now it’s essential for us, as union members and education advocates, to get out the vote. From now on, every vote will count.

Whether it’s knocking on doors in their communities or joining phone banks to call fellow union members, AFT members know that their personal involvement, along with the help of their local AFT affiliates and other labor unions, is key. Over the first weekend in April, for instance, school and college support staff attending the annual PSRP conference turned out in force sporting their Hillary Clinton T-shirts, and during the event’s ever-popular Solidarity Night, they staged skits showering love on Clinton and skewering her Republican opponents.

That’s because education support staff know how this election will drive such important decisions as who will serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, which makes crucial decisions about what happens to public schools and colleges. Over and over, Clinton has shown how much she cares about students and working families. That’s why from here on in, we’re all in.

“I am proud to have been endorsed by the AFT and the NEA,” Clinton said at a debate in March, building on her all-in statement the month before: “We’ve got to stand up for unions and working people who have been at the core of the American middle class.”

More than 20 of America’s biggest unions have underscored their support for Clinton. Since late winter, when she won Democratic primaries in seven states where union support was pivotal, Clinton has made steady progress toward the nomination. Her gains in key states include Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina and Ohio.

“Secretary Clinton has proven herself as the fighter and champion working people and their families need in the White House,” says a statement by unions representing millions of working people, including the AFT.

While media outlets remain enthralled by violence, threats and other horrible behavior on the Republican side, Democrats and our allies are talking about real issues affecting working families. The AFT and our state affiliates have joined progressive leaders to highlight the importance of electing Clinton.

“She’s a dreamer and a doer,” says U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, adding that Clinton is “a good progressive who has great values, but she knows how to get things done. That for me is what it’s all about.”

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