Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton got the endorsement of the largest U.S. labor Union on Saturday.
The National Education Association, the biggest teachers union, with more than 3 million members announced their endorsement of the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and became the third union to do so, after the American Federation of Teachers and the Machinists’ Union.
According to Reuters, the National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said that Clinton is a great leader who has always worked for families, teachers and students “because she understands the road to a stronger U.S. economy starts in America’s public schools.” Clinton’s track record shows that she has a vast experience in working with families and education, whether it’s preschool or graduate school.
Eskelsen Garcia also added that 75% of the 175 member board of the National Education Association voted for the endorsement of Hillary Clinton and that she has demonstrated impeccable knowledge of their world while answering questions in front of the NEA board and speaking about various topics from standardized testing, to special education and historically black colleges.
Clinton personally thanked the union after speaking earlier in the day in front of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington.
According to Reuters, she said that she was very honored to have received the NEA endorsement and stated “As President, I will fight to defend workers’ right to organize and unions’ right to bargain collectively, and I will ensure that teachers always have a voice and a seat at the table in making decision that impact their work.”
However, Clinton lost a big endorsement on Friday when the International Association of Fire Fighters announced that they are abandoning their plans to endorse Clinton in the Democratic primary.
Unions have traditionally endorsed Democrats, because they are quite often a major source of funding and volunteers. Clinton has been pressured by unions to make a clear stance on trade and minimum wage, particularly the free trade agreement with Asian countries proposed by president Barack Obama, also known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Clinton has remained neutral on this trade agreement, but said that ultimately every agreement must protect American workers and American jobs.
According to Reuters, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll from the 29th of September showed that Clinton has a lead in the Democratic primary with 44% support from her party and main rival Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont behind her with 28%. She has lost a couple of points due to the controversy of her use of a personal email account and server during her tenure at the State Department. This is a huge win for Clinton in the race to earn the Democrat Presidential nomination for the 2016 Elections and a blow to self-proclaimed socialist and rival Bernie Sanders.