(CNN) - The American Postal Workers Union announced Wednesday it is backing Barack Obama, a boost to the Illinois senator two weeks before the crucial April 22 Pennsylvania primary.
“Sen. Obama’s message is one of hope and change,” APWU President William Burrus said in a statement. “His message is special, and the timing is right.”
“We are most impressed by Sen. Obama’s commitment to eradicating the undue influence of special interests in the political process,” he added. “Our current political system does not allow for the voices of average citizens to be heard over the demands of lobbyists and big-money campaign contributors.
APWU is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO which says it represents 300,000 postal workers. The AFL-CIO could not reach an agreement on a primary season endorsement last year, though the more of its branches have endorsed Hillary Clinton than Obama.