(CNN) – The United Mine Workers of America endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Wednesday.
"We are extremely proud to make this endorsement today," UMWA International President Cecil Roberts said. "Sen. Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families."
The UMWA says it represents 105,000 active and retired coal miners, mine construction workers, public service employees, health care workers and manufacturing workers in the United States and Canada, and that its membership includes more coal miners than any other union in the world.
The unanimous endorsement by the union’s political action committee comes shortly after the May 13 primary in West Virginia - a large coal producing state. Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly won that primary, 67 percent to Obama's 26 percent.
Roberts said the union considered both Sens. Obama and John McCain before making the decision, but found that Obama "will be on our side while Sen. McCain will not," citing proposals supported by the presumptive Republican nominee that he claimed would cut jobs in coal country, particularly in the Eastern area.
UMWA International's Dan Kane said the union will be "working as hard as we can, using every resource at our disposal in every community where our members live and work across this nation to do our part to help [Obama]."
Last week, Obama picked up the backing of the United Steelworkers Union. Both the Steelworkers and UMW had originally backed former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who endorsed Obama last week.
You got the right one baby!
All fair in the cole mine until you was your face.
There All Men That Is Why..... SO WHAT....
I mean wash duah
All is fair in the cole mine until you wash your face
Where were they before the election? Write Hillary on your ballot in November. We do not have to accept the candidate that is picked by the DNC or the union!
Another one, but Clinton says people are with her?
Yeah, maybe in her crazy head.
smart people. good deal
Now the Unions president stats that McCain states "he will cut jobs" in the coal countries and some people are still willing to make the sacrifice and vote him?!?!
God help this country if McCain is the next president.
This is excellent!!!! More and more people are seeing that Obama will be the ideal President of America in this day and age! Keep them coming Obama!
Yes! We! Can!
They should have made that annoucment before the WV and KY vote!
Just say NO to Clinton !!!
Obama all the way :)
It is high time we all came together in unity to beat the neocons and regain our rights and end the bloody mess in the Middle East.
Yes, that means HRC supporters too.
Don't let some hateful commentors get you to go against everything you and HRC claim to believe in just for revenge.
I know I would vote HRC before McCain if the race were the other way around.
I agree with the president of the United Mine Workers about John McCain. He will not pander to these unions, but will instead speak the hard truth despite the political consequences.
Americans for McCain '08
I'm a women an supports the unions decision to back Obama.
Obama is going to pay a tribute to Martin Luther King by winning this election. He is a new warrior of the civil rights. Let us celebrate our victory. Michele it is time for you to take care of the White House.
Gobama/ Al sharpton 08
Yes OBAMA will help you guys but where were you before the West Virginia primary. Why did you guys not throw your weight behind OBAMA then>
That does not mean he will get votes of all mine workers and steel workers. Look at his performance in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky.
HERE COME US COMMON PEOPLE.
UNLIKE MCDEMENTIA & HILLIE
OBAMA HAS ACTUALLY WORKED FOR A LIVING.
HAD STUDENT LOANS UP THE KAZOO, AS I DO.
As the likely choice for President is either Senator Obama or Senator McCain, Senator Obama makes the most sense. This endorsement should help Senator Obama in the general election.
"If not Hillary, I'll vote for McCain!"
"Let's do a Hillary write in!!"
Yeah yeah yeah... we hear it every day.....
Mine workers, huh? I guess there goes Hillary's "Hard workin', common folk people vote only for me.." platform.
The members are not going to be voting for a left wing candidate!