August 28th, 2007
01:48 PM ET
16 years ago

Clinton receives major union endorsement

Clinton won the backing of a major union Tuesday.

(CNN) – Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton won the support of the United Transportation Union Tuesday, the first national labor group to endorse a candidate in the 2008 race for the White House.

“It is a high honor and a distinct privilege to be the first labor union in making this endorsement,” UTU International President Paul Thompson said in a written statement. “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," Thompson added.

Calling itself "the leader among transportation labor unions," the UTU claims to represent 125,000 active and retired railroad and transit workers. It is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

According to the Associated Press, the UTU is also one of the top labor unions to donate to political candidates. It contributed $1.3 million to candidates in the 2004 federal elections, with 84 percent of the money going to Democrats.

All eight Democratic candidates have heavily sought the AFL-CIO's support, and participated in the labor federation's candidate forum earlier this month. Following the forum, the AFL-CIO decided not to make an official endorsement, instead allowing the 55 member unions to pick their own candidates.

“I am honored to receive the support of the United Transportation Union,” Clinton responded in a press release Tuesday. “America’s workers have been invisible to this administration, and it’s time they had an advocate in the White House.”

- CNN's Mark Norman and Alexander Mooney

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  1. Jack, York, PA

    Even as a Republican and supporter of Ron Paul, whom I admire and who is ignored by the mainstream media, I'm pretty convinced Hillary will be the next President of the U.S.

    August 28, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Fred, Alexandria Virginia

    Before all the Obama campaign staffers SWARM to this comments board to bash Clinton as "status quo" and "conventional wisdom," lets me say I support Senator Clinton and wish her even more endorsements, and victory in Jan 08, Fen 08, and Nov 08.

    Not that it should matter, but I'm black.

    August 28, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I see the UTU recognizes that a progressive mind is better suited to face an uncertain future.Hillary's committment to real "family values" instead of republicans apparent disdain for the working families of America make her the best choice.

    August 28, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Ms. C Johnson

    If Hillary becomes president, I sure hope she will pick Barak Obama as her Vice President, if he will except it. Now that will be a BIG CHANGE, after having Bill Clinton as our president. I think Obama just doesn't tell all his plans, like she does. They would make a great team.

    December 30, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |