Loves labor most: Clinton picks up endorsement, Sanders grabs volunteers

September 14, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Democrat Hillary Clinton scored a fourth national union endorsement on Monday in her quest for the presidency, even as rival Bernie Sanders has added volunteers from the ranks of unions and has pressed on with courting labor nationwide.

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry announced its support of Clinton on Monday, adding to endorsements from the American Federation of Teachers, the machinists union and the bricklayers union.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry — a proud union of more than 340,000 hardworking, skilled Americans,” Clinton said in a statement.

In contrast, National Nurses United has endorsed Sanders, the Vermont senator who has pressured Clinton from her left.

Last week the Sanders campaign held a nationwide conference call with members of unions to lay out the case for his candidacy. About 26,000 people were on that 30-minute call, according to Labor for Bernie, a volunteer group of union members backing the senator for the November 2016 poll.

Of those, thousands of people signaled, through pressing a number during the call, that they would be willing to volunteer in some capacity for the campaign.

“We were swamped with the number of new volunteers from the call so it will take us a few days to properly get back to you,” the group wrote in an email to interested union members.

“The key work is both in our unions as well as our communities.  We are sorting the list of volunteers by union and state and you will soon learn more about possible help you can provide that is focused on either your state or your union.”

Sanders’ union strategy has turned around braking Clinton’s momentum with national endorsements while enlisting union members as a volunteer force across the country. http://reut.rs/1LdhXzt

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