A day after a debate in Philadelphia among Democratic candidates for President, Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of the ironworkers’ union on Monday, furthering her lead in the Democratic race for a Presidential nomination in the 2016 Elections. The endorsement was announced right after Clinton’s Senate hearing on nuclear waste disposal.
According to Reuters, the General Executive Council of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers unanimously voted on Friday in favor of Clinton getting their endorsement and on Monday they issued a statement saying “While the council felt that several other candidates align with ironworker values, none compare to Secretary Clinton when it comes to putting those beliefs into practice. Clinton’s record of looking out for the jobs that union members rely on was the largest factor in the council’s decision.”
The Union’s membership is around 130,000 iron workers in North America that work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental, architectural and miscellaneous metals, rebar and in shops. The council called of its members to register for voting and bring their families to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries and general election.
Clinton’s campaign is making an effort to create a broad coalition of Democrat voters that will avert a damaging primary fight against U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who has been gathering the vote of progressives and has a large working record with labor unions. The Iron workers Union stated that Clinton has done a lot about their members, while being a Senator from New York in the post-9/11 crisis. They also praise her for her record in defense and foreign policy while being the Secretary of State.
The former Secretary of State has won 14 union endorsements with major endorsements including the Service Employees International, the National Education Association, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the American Federation of Teachers, while Senator Bernie Sanders has been endorsed by the National Nurses United and the American Postal Workers Union.
Bernie Sanders on the other hand, who has very close ties to worker unions has been overlooked by the unions mostly because he describes himself as a democratic socialist, which may sound concerning to some Americans. According to Reuters, the ironworkers’ union also said “Secretary Clinton’s unmatched experience in government will enable her to deliver the promises in ways the other candidates cannot.” While, Sanders has a valuable record, he is far behind Clinton in gathering the votes from the Party’s establishment and working Americans.
The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll from the 20th of November shows that Clinton has the support of 49 percent of those surveyed and Sanders has earned the support of 34 percent.