Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday got the endorsement of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 2016 Elections.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is consisted by 600,000 active and retired members and is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The President R. Thomas Buffenbarger announced the endorsement during the Association’s staff conference, a few days after the National Nurses United have announced their decision of support.
The Union is part of the American Federation of Labor and is the third organization to make a public endorsement. The Machinists’ Union is the second national union to endorse Clinton, the first being the American Federation of Teachers. Bernie Sanders won the endorsement of the National Nurses United, the largest organization of nurses. The American Federation of Labor has not come out publically with an official endorsement and has stated that no endorsement is expected in the near future. Clinton and Sanders both made their statements before the AFL-CIO the previous month, but did not succeed in getting instant support. This does not mean that the 56 organizations under the umbrella of the AFL-CIO will not make individual endorsements.
The Democratic candidates receive a large amount of funds and volunteers from the labor and Clinton is aspiring to win a broad coalition of supporters among the labor. Democrats have always been supporting the labor and according to Clinton’s campaign camp she has a record of supporting worker’s rights in contrast to Republican rivals who are for prohibiting unions and giving corporations total freedom in setting worker conditions. She is under pressure to come out with stances on minimum wage and international trade agreements, which have been strongly opposed by her main rival U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator of New York, Clinton has made no strong stance regarding trade’ however according to Reuters she stated that she is neutral and that a final agreement must be in protection and service to the American workers. As Secretary of State she contributed in the strengthening of ties with Asia. Sanders is urging Clinton to come out with a stand on the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership by President Barack Obama. The deal is regarded by Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, as bad for American wages and jobs.
The frontrunner for the Democrat Presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, receives the endorsement of the second union that publicly makes a decision of support in a time when the labor is divided among Democrat candidates in regard to whom they will give the much appreciated support for the primary fight in which the Democratic party will nominee a candidate to go against the Republican Party at the November of 2016 Elections.