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The United States Postal Service Workers Union announced on Thursday that they are going to endorse Bernie Sanders as their choice for President for the 2016 Elections.
The American Postal Workers Union is endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in time when his campaign is in a need of a boost after rival Democrat Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton gained the majority of support in the early voting states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.
According to Reuters, the American Postal Workers Unions said that Sander’s work and record are in line with their priorities and that his support for their caucuses has earned their support. Mark Dimondstein, the President of the postal workers union said that Sanders is the champion of workers and added “Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution.”
The Union represents more than 200,000 postal service workers and retirees and even though their numbers have been declining over the years, they still play an important role in elections because they produce like-minded voters. The members praise Sanders for his long-standing fight for their rights and the fight against privatization of the United States Postal Service, along with his efforts to keep post offices and mail facilities open with cuts in the budget, efforts in keeping mail-sorting plants in rural communities, opposing the slow delivery standards, etc.
The Postal Workers Union officials have said that Sanders has demonstrated an understanding of the issues they face during his address to 2,000 activists on a campaign rally in Las Vegas in October, giving them an additional reason to endorse him as their champion.
According to Reuters, Larry Cohen, the chief liaison between the Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign and the organized labor groups, stated that this endorsement is welcomed and added that postal workers are “at the top when it comes to member involvement and union democracy.”
Bernie Sanders has earned his second Union endorsement with the American Postal Workers Union, with the first being the National Nurses United, which represents 185,000 members. Hillary Clinton on the other hand, has garnered the endorsement by the 12 national unions, with the largest unions in the nation being the first to endorse her, most notably the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and the union that represents bricklayers and aerospace workers.
The endorsement comes two days before the second Democratic Presidential debate scheduled for the 14th of November at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.