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United Transportation Union endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton in US presidential campaign

United Transportation Union endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton in US presidential campaign

The United Transportation Union endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for president, the first national union endorsement of the 2008 campaign.
"The UTU has a long history of picking winners early. Hillary will be a president that America's working families can count on. Time and again, as a United States senator, she has stood with us," UTU President Paul Thompson said.
Unions traditionally are considered major assets for Democratic candidates. They provide large groups of like-minded people as sources of money and votes, but unions also are important for using their organizing skills to mount mass campaigns for their chosen candidates.
Clinton is leading in the national polls for the Democratic nomination. She said she was honored to get the endorsement.
"America's workers have been invisible to this administration, and it's time they had an advocate in the White House," Clinton said.
The United Transportation Workers is one of the top political contributors in organized labor, coming in at No. 4 in Center for Responsive Politics' list of top transportation union contributors to political candidates.
The UTU contributed $1.3 million (euro950,000) in the 2004 federal elections, with 84 percent of the money going to Democratic candidates. They donated $1.2 million (euro880,000) in the 2006 elections, 89 percent to Democrats; the party's candidates took back control of the House of Representatives and Senate in that election.
The UTU, which calls itself the largest railroad operating union in North America, represents 125,000 active and retired members in the railroad, bus and public transit industries.


Updated : 2021-05-16 11:14 GMT+08:00