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Senator Shaheen Joins With Sen Sanders In Support Of Medicare For All

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Shaheen Announces Support for Medicare For All Act Introduced by Senator Sanders and Reiterates Need for Immediate Bipartisan Fixes to Current System

(Washington, DC)— “I support the Medicare For All Act because I believe that healthcare should be a fundamental right in this country,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH). “Too many Granite Staters continue to struggle to access quality affordable healthcare. I know that in a Republican-controlled Congress this legislation will not pass in the near term, but I believe this bill puts pressure on Congress to think big when it comes to providing the healthcare that all Americans need and deserve. The immediate task at hand for Congress is to stabilize the current healthcare marketplace and find bipartisan means to drive down costs. I am encouraged by recent bipartisan healthcare hearings and I’m optimistic that Congress will soon act to pass bipartisan legislation that makes necessary adjustments to the Affordable Care Act, including my proposal to continue providing cost-sharing support to working families.”

Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All bill this morning and released the following video encouraging more people to get behind the Medicare for All movement.

In an email to supporters Sen Bernie Sanders wrote:

“The American people are with us on this issue. They understand that it is absurd that we spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. They also know that we already have a very popular and effective single-payer system in this country. It’s called Medicare, and it has succeeded in providing near-universal coverage to Americans over the age of 65. It is time to expand Medicare to all.

…Medicare for All means that Americans will no longer hesitate about going to the doctor because they can’t afford the cost. It will mean that a hospital stay will not bankrupt us or leave us deeply in debt. It will mean that we can go to the doctor we want, not just one in our particular plan. It will mean that we will no longer be spending enormous amounts of time filling out complicated forms and arguing with insurance companies as to whether or not we have the coverage we paid for. It will mean that we will be able to get the prescription drugs we need at a price we can afford. It will mean that middle class families will not have to spend 20 or 30 percent of their incomes on health care.”

CNN reports:

“Under Sanders’ proposal, Americans would receive a “Universal Medicare card” that would be a ticket to a comprehensive health care services, including hospital stays, doctor visits, substance abuse treatment, dental, vision and reproductive care — including abortion.

…The bill calls for the elimination of premiums for private health insurance, deductibles and co-pays. However, most Americans and businesses will pay what Sanders says is a much smaller share of their income to fund the program.”

Senator Shaheen joins the other 15 Senate co-sponsors of Sanders bill: Tammy Baldwin, Richard Blumenthal, Cory Booker, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Martin Heinrich, Mazie Hirono, Patrick Leahy, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Brian Schatz, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren, and Sheldon Whitehouse.

To address our current healthcare problems, Senator Shaheen introduced the Marketplace Certainty Act earlier this year, which permanently appropriates payments for cost-sharing reductions to provide stability in marketplaces and bring down premiums, and also expands eligibility for these reductions to more Americans. Last week, Senator Shaheen applauded the bipartisan efforts led by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a series of healthcare hearings with state insurance commissioners and governors on bipartisan measures to fix the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Call you Senators and ask them to co-sponsor Senator Sanders Medicare For All bill today.

Trump Signs Executive Order To Withdraw From TPP, Wants To Renegotiate NAFTA

Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to withdraw from the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.  As of right now, we are unsure of what the order says as it has yet to be released by the White House.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who made his opposition to the TPP a cornerstone in his campaign for President, was “glad” to see the TPP go down in flames.

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone. For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals – including the North American Free Trade Agreement, permanent normal trade relations with China and others – which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom’ which has lowered wages for American workers. Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multi-national corporations. If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers then I would be delighted to work with him.”

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO called this an “important first step” in building a “fair and just global economy.”

“Last year, a powerful coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, public health and allied groups came together to stop the TPP. Today’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from TPP and seeking a reopening of NAFTA is an important first step toward a trade policy that works for working people. While these are necessary actions, they aren’t enough. They are just the first in a series of necessary policy changes required to build a fair and just global economy. We will continue our relentless campaign to create new trade and economic rules that end special privileges for foreign investors and Big Pharma, protect our planet’s precious natural resources and ensure fair pay, safe conditions and a voice in the workplace for all workers.” 

The Hill is also reporting that President Trump plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has “dispatched his son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner to Calgary on Tuesday to begin talks with the cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich was quick to point out on facebook that Trump’s feudal attempt to renegotiate NAFTA is only a distraction from the Republican attacks on working people.

“Trump stirs up symbolic controversies as diversions from what he and the Republicans are really up to.

Take NAFTA for example. He’s gearing up to “renegotiate” it, whatever that means. Expect lots of angry talk on both sides of our southern border.

But NAFTA’s a hill of beans relative Trump’s and the Republican’s pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That will directly hurt millions of working Americans. But Trump wants to distract attention.

Same with Obama’s overtime rule, now hung up in the courts, which Trump is going to axe. It have delivered $12 billion of wage gains over the next decade to American workers.

Ditto labor unions. Trump’s Republicans are busily killing off unions with so-called “right-to-work” laws. The result is less bargaining power for workers to get better wages. But Trump doesn’t want to talk about labor unions. He’d rather beat up on Mexico.

And keep a careful watch on Medicare and Social Security, which have been in Paul Ryan’s cross-hairs for years. We don’t even know what Trump and the Republicans are planning for them, but whatever it is, average working people will take the brunt.”

So the question now becomes will withdrawing and renegotiating the TPP and possibly renegotiating NAFTA really help working people or will it be another chance for Trump and his billionaire buddies to cash in on unbalanced trade agreements?  Only time will tell.

Sanders To Close 2016 Campaign With Coast-to-Coast Swing

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday will kick off a coast-to-coast campaign swing that will take him to 12 states in the closing days of the 2016 presidential election contest.

“I am working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president and that Democrats gain control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate,” Sanders said. “The day after the election, I intend to do everything I can to see that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive party agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States,” he added.

Sanders will make stops in 12 states from Maine to California to discuss the Democratic agenda which includes overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, pay equity for women, expanding Social Security, a new approach toward trade, breaking up “too-big-to-fail banks,” making public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, aggressively combating climate change, raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, lowering prescription drug prices, a movement toward universal health care and major reforms in our criminal justice and immigration systems.

On Tuesday in New Hampshire, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The first of two get-out-the-vote rallies is at Plymouth State University. The event will be in the Courtroom in the Hartman Union, Building 117 High St. in Plymouth. The second stop is at 2:30 p.m. at Dartmouth College’s Alumni Hall, 4 E. Wheelock St., Hanover.

Capping the day will be a third rally in Portland, Maine, where Sanders will speak at a 6:30 p.m. gathering in the gym at Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave, Portland.

On Wednesday, Sanders goes to Michigan and Wisconsin.

In Michigan, he’ll headline a noon rally at in the Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University, 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, Mich. Then he speaks at a 3:15 p.m. rally at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 700 Cottageview Drive, Suite 200, Traverse City.

In Wisconsin, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold at a 5:30 p.m. rally at Turner Hall, 1034 N 4th St., Milwaukee.

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, Sanders also plans campaign stops in Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California.

Our Revolution Continues As Sanders Encourages Support For Clinton (VIDEO)

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Screenshot of Senator Bernie Sanders from the DNC on July 25th

“Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaire,” wrote Bernie Sanders in a email to supporters last night. 

A little over a year ago we started a revolution to take back our government from the oligarchs who have corrupted it.  With our fearless leader, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at the helm, we pushed back against the rigged system.  We knocked on doors. We walked the streets. We talked to our friends and neighbors. We utilized the power of social media to send shockwaves throughout the political system.

Together we helped to make a self proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” a household name and a real contender for President of the United States.

Sadly, Senator Sanders did not win the Democratic Primary contest, but this does not mean that we failed.   We started something that will go down in history as the moment “We the People” took back our government.

Last night, Sanders made one of the best speeches I have ever seen at the Democratic National Convention in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton.  He talked about how we, Sanders supporters and Clinton supporters, created “the most progressive party platform in history.”  We helped to shape this platform that focuses on working people.  This platform continues to push for universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are just a few of the things we helped to get into this progressive platform.

Our political revolution continues even as Bernie is ending his candidacy from President. We will continue to encourage new voters to support candidates who will fight for working families and will fight to take back our government from the billionaire oligarchs.  With the help of millions of new active voters we will change the system but this will not happen overnight.

I encourage you to watch Senator Sanders full speech from the DNC last night. Listen to the man who inspired us, who led us, and who has always been fighting for us, as he makes the case for us to now support Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders Calls For Unity In Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton For President #StrongerTogether

Today, Senator Bernie Sanders officially ended his campaign for President by endorsing Secretary Hillary Clinton.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” said Sanders.

“It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee which ended Sunday night in Orlando, there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen,” added Sanders.

“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today,” concluded Sanders.

“Thank you Bernie – for your endorsement, but more than that, thank you for your  lifetime of fighting injustice. I am proud to be fighting alongside you because my friends, this is a time for all of us to stand together. These have been difficult times for America,” said Clinton. “This is a time for all of us to stand together – because these have been difficult days for our country.  

“We are joining forces to defeat Donald Trump!” Clinton declared. “I can’t help but say how much more enjoyable this election is going to be when we are on the same side. You know what? We are stronger together!”

“Sen. Sanders has brought people off the sidelines and into the political process. He has energized and inspired a generation of young people who care deeply about our country,” she said. “To everyone here and everyone cross the country who poured your heart and soul into Sen. Sanders’ campaign: Thank you,” added Clinton.

After the event, Raymond Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party released the following statement:

“Hearing Senator Sanders say today that he intends to do everything he can to make certain Secretary Clinton will be the next president of the United States was an inspiring and powerful reminder that Democrats are stronger together.

“Senator Sanders ran a tremendous campaign here in New Hampshire and across the country. His extraordinary passion and dedication brought millions of Americans together to fight for progressive ideals, to stand against unacceptable levels of inequality and to create an economy that works for everyone, not just for those at the top. As Senator Sanders said, he and Secretary Clinton share those values—values that will make her an outstanding president.

“Today’s rally presented a stark contrast with the disarray and dysfunction spewing from Donald Trump and the Republican Party. As Republicans are more divided than ever, Democrats are united, strong and energized as we move toward Election Day,” concluded Buckley.

It is important that we continue to move forward and that means that Sanders supporters and Clinton supporters will have to unite together to ensure that Donald Trump never gets elected.

We must continue to build strong alliances to further our progressive goals of expanding healthcare to all Americans, raising the minimum wage, opposing trade deals that hurt working families, reign in Wall Street, and work to end the corruptive influence of money in politics.

Only together can we defeat Donald Trump and all of the right wing extremists running for office. We must work together to elect real progressives, who share our values and our vision of a better society to Congress and State Capitols throughout the country. Only together can we make this happen.

Dear Platform Committee: Stock Buybacks Should Be Illegal

Bernie Sanders Hillary ClintonThis weekend, the Democratic Party Platform Committee will put the finishing touches on the party’s official policy positions.

What’s not in there, yet?  A clear stand against corporate stock buybacks.

Hillary Clinton made buybacks part of her presidential platform almost a year ago.  Bernie Sanders has been talking about buybacks even longer than that.

But while the presidential candidates were talking about the issue, corporations spent $600 billion buying back their own stock. (And that’s just counting what the big corporations spent.)

If that money had been spent on new hires, rather than just on concentrating corporate ownership, it could have created almost 8.5 million jobs.  (That’s at the average US wage, including benefits.)

Image by Rose Lincoln, 1199SEIU

Image by Rose Lincoln, 1199SEIU

Imagine what the US economy could look like, if 8.5 million more of us were working right now.  Instead… well, you can read “US companies have spent $2 trillion doing something that has absolutely no impact on their business” for yourself here.  (That’s what the past five years of buyback spending adds up to: $2 trillion.  Yes, “trillion” with a “T.”)

Buyback spending drives up stock prices, which enriches corporate executives and investors who sell their stock.  But it’s not an investment in the corporation’s future – just the opposite, in many cases.  A lot of recent buybacks have been financed by new corporate debt, in a practice that one Wall Street insider described to me as “monetization of future revenues.”  They’re borrowing against future corporate revenues to pay stockholders now.  They’re mortgaging the future, rather than investing toward it.

This used to be illegal, back when the economy worked for the middle class.  This weekend, the Democratic Party Platform Committee should take a clear stand: it ought to be illegal, now.

Read more NH Labor News coverage about stock buybacks here.

Sanders Supporters Attempt To Change Super Delegates Votes Through NH Democratic Convention

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Democrats line the street leading up to Bedford High School where the NH Democratic Party held their convention today.

An attempt by Bernie Sanders supporters, to change the New Hampshire Democratic Party platform regarding super delegates, failed at today’s NH Democratic Party Convention.

As the Democratic National Committee rules allow, super delegates freely choose whom they will support, regardless of whom the voters of their state voted for in the primary.

Secretary Clinton collected hundreds of super delegates before many of the primary votes were cast. Most of NH’s super delegates became outspoken surrogates Hillary throughout the primary.

After Sanders beat Clinton, 60%-38% in the NH Primary, voters began to call for the super delegates to change their position and support the candidate that the voters overwhelmingly supported.

At today’s convention, delegates were given the final copy of the party platform that included a resolution to pursue changes to super delegates in the 2020 primary. To many of the delegates this was not enough, but the convention rules, once adopted, would not allow for any amendments to the state party platform from the delegates on the floor.

Prior to the adoption of the convention rules, NH State Representative Peter Bixby offered up his own rule changes. The change was pretty basic, allow delegates to amend the resolutions, or the party platform, from the floor.

If this rule change would have passed, the New Hampshire Democratic Party could have passed a resolution similar to the one passed in Maine, which would have forced more super delegates to cast their vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention next month.

Both rules changes failed to get the required votes (140-293, 175-297). Unlike the convention in Nevada where a similar resolution was defeated by a voice vote, NH delegates cast their votes in a standing count.

Though Sanders supporters did not get the result they wanted, they process was done professionally. Rep. Bixby even commended Michael Rollo, the rules committee chair, for the way he handled the proposed amendment and the voting process.

After this amendment to the rules failed, the proposed resolutions and party platform were adopted by the convention body without any discussion.

The only question left is what are Sanders and his supporters going to do now?

Will Sanders go to the National Convention and endorse Hillary Clinton? Will he succeed in changing the National Party Platform to remove super delegates from future primary contests? Will those Democrats who supported Sanders in his campaign come together with Clinton supporters to ensure that Donald Trump does not become president?

Lastly, what will happen to all of the Sanders supporters who supported his strong progressive democratic policy ideas but do not call themselves Democrats? What will they do in the general election between Trump and Clinton? Will they keep pushing the Clinton campaign to take a stronger position on Wall Street reform and money in politics? Or will they end up supporting Donald Trump, the man who epitomizes everything that Sanders stood against?

The Sanders campaign scooped up nearly 40% of the overall Democratic voters in his run for the President. Without their support, Hillary Clinton will not be elected, and we will forced to endure four years of Donald Trump.

Filmmakers Release Sneak Peak Of “Bern” – The Bernie Sanders Documentary

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AUSTIN, Texas – Featuring rarely-seen archival footage of Bernie Sanders, The Bernie Sanders Documentary “Bern” examines the people, places and events that shaped the man who has inspired such widespread grassroots support in the 2016 presidential election.  The film traces Sanders’ personal and political evolution from a student activist at the University of Chicago to his four terms as mayor of Burlington, VT and on through his careers in the U.S. House and Senate, and gives viewers a chance to get to know Bernie Sanders the man, so they can learn about Bernie Sanders, the candidate.  The website for the film is: https://www.BernTheMovie.com.

“We started this project simply as voters wanting to learn more about a candidate, but it quickly became something much larger.  The more we investigated, the more we realized a very interesting story was taking shape and that the only way to tell it right was to take a closer look at Bernie’s history and figure out why he has connected so strongly with so many people,” says Executive Producer Jay Matthew.

The project was created by Matthew along with Executive Producer Chris Blankenship and Director/Producer Miriam Paredes to capture what they see as a pivotal time in this country’s history, one that touches on issues of economic disenfranchisement, class conflict, social inequity and the shifting value we place on community and individual freedom.

In keeping with the project’s mission to highlight the power of community, the film will be distributed free online.  The first installment will premiere on May 27, 2016, ten days before the California, Montana, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Washington DC primaries.  The second installment, which will document the run-up to the election in November and its aftermath, is scheduled to premiere February 27, 2017, regardless of the outcome of the election because, as EP Matthew explained, “We believe that what Bernie Sanders is doing for the political and social landscape of America will go far beyond the 2016 race.”

The sneak peek is available at https://www.BernTheMovie.com

Hillary Clinton’s Connections To Wall Street Show Her True Agenda On Free Trade

hillary clinton (WisPolitics.com FLIKR)Hillary Clinton is acting in a desperate and short sighted manner by constantly attacking Bernie Sanders.  She seems completely unaware of the current political atmosphere. She clings to endorsements by the elite while turning a deaf ear to ordinary Americans. The times for endorsements by the political establishment having any meaning are long gone.

The NH political elite lined up en masse behind Hillary and she lost NH by 22.4%.  I think that tells the story. The Clinton’s Wall Street connections and being proponents of disastrous trade deals are issues they don’t want to expound on. Instead they try to change the subject and criticize Bernie.

A vibrant Democratic Party must include the younger voters currently joining the party because of Senator Sanders. By her relentless attacks on Sanders she risks having these voters sitting out or opposing her if she wins the Democratic nomination.

The leader of the corporate democrats is President Bill Clinton and he also has no problem attacking Bernie Sanders.  “When you’re making a revolution you can’t be too careful with the facts,” Bill  Clinton said, deriding Bernie Sanders’s oft-mentioned call for a political revolution. Well the fact is Mr. Clinton’s most lasting legacy is pushing through NAFTA with Hillary’s support.

“I think NAFTA itself will be remembered for as long as this generation draws a warm breath,” Richard Trumka said in an interview. “When I talk to people about it, they don’t remember that it was a Republican majority that passed NAFTA. They remember that it was President Clinton.”

Lopsided trade deals that both entrenched the political elite and screwed over working people is the pivotal political issue that has defined these times. The Clinton’s have firmly lined up with the corporate America. While Bernie has steadfastly been opposed these disastrous deals.

In 2003 Hillary Clinton wrote in her memoir “Creating a free trade zone in North America — the largest free trade zone in the world — would expand U.S. exports, create jobs and ensure that our economy was reaping the benefits, not the burdens, of globalization. Although unpopular with labor unions, expanding trade opportunities was an important administration goal.”

So why would NAFTA be an administration goal?  Then in 2004 she added “I think on balance NAFTA has been good for New York and America” Do we need any more proof that the Clinton’s are completely out of touch with ordinary Americans?

Fast forward 10 years and now Hillary is selling us all the virtues of the TPP (before she recently changed her position) a trade deal that will most certainly continue the race to the bottom for American workers.

This quote is from a November 15, 2012 speech promoting and selling the TPP. “So it’s fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP.  Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. When negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment”…..

A few weeks ago Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donahue noted that if elected Hillary Clinton will again support the TPP. Reporting on that interview Inside US Trade concluded: “The Chamber president said he expected Hillary Clinton would ultimately support the TPP if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president and is elected.” He argued that she has publicly opposed the deal chiefly because her main challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has also done so. “If she were to get nominated, if she were to be elected, I have a hunch that what runs in the family is you get a little practical if you ever get the job,” he said.

We all know who benefits from these trade deals and Hillary will not release the transcripts of her highly paid Wall Street speeches. This is more money than almost all of us will make in a lifetime but she has no problem dismissing these talks as not an important issue.

“It was pretty glowing about us,” one attendee told Politico. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.”

Nobody will dispute that Bernie Sanders was an outspoken opponent of NAFTA and has been quite vocal in speaking out against the TPP. Basically the fact is Bernie represents the interests of ordinary Americans while Hillary constantly reminds us she is a proud member of the Democratic Party elite.

Hillary has not yet realized the walls are starting to crumble and she will surely need an energized Democratic party if she is to defeat any Republican opponent in November. That is IF she can withstand the rebellion in her own party. The authentic energy that is thriving in the Democratic Party belongs to Bernie Sanders and she would be wise not to alienate them.

No Presidential Endorsements To Come From AFL-CIO Winter Meeting

Today the AFL-CIO announced that the national Executive Council will be holding their winter meeting next week.  Many people have anxiously been awaiting this meeting because the Executive Council would have to meet to make a formal endorsement in the presidential primary.

It is pretty much a given that the AFL-CIO will eventually endorse a Democrat in the Presidential primary as all of the GOP candidates have strong anti-labor agendas.

Throughout this primary labor has been divided between Sec. Clinton and Sen. Sanders.  Many of the national organization have come out in support of Clinton, while locals have bucked the system and endorsed Sanders.

Clinton far out numbers Sanders in union endorsements but many organizations are waiting in the wings for the AFL-CIO to make their official announcement.

The AFL-CIO quickly squashed any thought of the Exective Council making any official announcements.

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Executive Council and Endorsement:

The AFL-CIO is committed to a Raising Wages agenda, and to using that agenda to drive our politics. 

Our Executive Council will discuss the 2016 election cycle during its Winter Meeting, but no presidential endorsement will be made.  From the very start of the presidential contest, we have been clear that we have an endorsement process in place, and that we will continue to follow that process in accordance with our Constitution.

Most importantly, we will further elevate the Raising Wages agenda and hold all politicians accountable to it.

We also continue to encourage affiliated unions to pursue their own deliberations with their members and come to their own endorsement decisions, if any, through open and rigorous debate.  Many unions have endorsed a candidate, and many have not.

Our country is engaged in a vigorous national debate about our next president, and we look forward to a robust discussion of the issues at our Council meeting.

Who knows how much longer the AFL-CIO will wait to make their official endorsement.

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