Press Release

Unions Representing Millions of Working People Stand with Hillary Clinton

“The labor movement must support the candidate whose vision and plans for the country can face the withering scrutiny of a general election campaign.”

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Monday, February 22, 2016


Evan Sutton
Cell: 206-851-0178
Marianne von Nordeck

SAN DIEGO– Twenty-three national unions representing millions of working people across America stand behind Hillary Clinton as the most qualified and experienced candidate for president:

In a time of growing inequality, many working people no longer believe they can achieve the American Dream of shared prosperity and a brighter future for their children.

Secretary Clinton has proven herself as the fighter and champion working people and their families need in the White House to restore that opportunity.

As she said herself, Secretary Clinton’s life has been dedicated to tearing down the barriers that hold people back — whether they face barriers on the job, at the ballot box, or because of their race, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status. 

Secretary Clinton has detailed, progressive plans to create good jobs; advance workers’ rights to a fair wage, a union and collective bargaining; rebuild our economy and our infrastructure; expand access to educational opportunity; advance racial justice; rein in Wall Street; fix our broken immigration system; improve and expand access to health care; keep America safe from our enemies; invest in good jobs in the energy sector; combat climate change; and tear down other barriers that keep everyday Americans from achieving their dreams. 

That is why, of all unions endorsing a candidate in the Democratic primary, the vast majority of the membership in these unions has endorsed her.

Our unions are already working together to mobilize members and build an infrastructure to elect Secretary Clinton and our allies up and down the ballot. We will continue to fight for the candidates who will be our true champions. In the presidential contest, that candidate is Secretary Clinton. 

With the Supreme Court nomination looming and critical cases on workers’ rights, voting rights, the environment, women’s health, immigration and others hanging in the balance, the labor movement will support the candidate whose vision and plans for the country can face the withering scrutiny of a general election campaign and carry us to victory in November.

There is no doubt that working people will come together to work as one for victory in this election. The stakes are too high.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Government Employees

American Federation of Teachers

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

International Longshoremen’s Association

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

International Union of Operating Engineers

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

Laborers’ International Union of North America

North America’s Building Trades Unions

National Education Association

National Treasury Employees Union

Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association

Service Employees International Union

Seafarers International Union


United Association: Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.