May 21st, 2008
11:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Mine workers union swings Obama's way

Sen. Barack Obama wins a major endorsement Wednesday.

Sen. Barack Obama wins a major endorsement Wednesday.

(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.

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  1. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    All these people posting hate comments, pretending to be dems. Real dems will not vote for Mccain. The exit polls taken from racist people who said they will vote for Mccain, those are republicans posing as dems. You cannot fool us, only the media because they needs news. How came Clinton is now slipping in the general Dem polls nation wide. It is because real dems have switched to Obama preparing for GE.

    Same repubs are on these blogs posing as dems. Us dems don't hate each other, we just like different candidate for now.

    May 21, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. DannyCali

    Obama DO NOT name Hillary for your VP we not going to let her, we going to save her for next time. I hope you going to lose in general election because campaign for divide is not unite, other thing is your wife
    very hate Hillary so how she going to be your VP? Even you get nominee
    or not we not going to vote for you, we might stay home or go vote for John
    McCain is better because McCain is not Bush third term.....McCain is McCain him self.

    May 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. John Smith

    The Democrats always lose to the Republicans because:
    the Democrats–
    1. have the highest number of uneducated voters in this nation

    2. never learn from the past mistakes of their leaders; they like to recycle them

    3. believe in "dynasty"

    4. simply want to "fight"

    5. never learn the defination of what "IS" is

    May 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Anyone but Hillary

    Obama has played by the rules and not tried to change the rules. Hillary is the one trying to lie, cheat, and steal the nomination from Obama. Hillary has almost NO EXPERIENCE unless you count the few years she shared a bed with Bill. If Bill did not cheat on Hillary, she never would have won the senate seat and she and Bill would just be a stain on our history like Monica's dress. Bill and Hillary are the dirtiest politicians in American History. I cant believe that everyone has forgotten all the dirty, cheating, lying games they played while in the White House. With this kind of memory, Bush will be compared to George Washington in a few years.

    May 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Getting on Board and Unifying

    The board of the Mine Workers Union shows its wisdom in taking this affirmative step at this time. They will promote Obama through the GE, because he offers the best chance to protect and secure their industry and personal interests better than the Republicans. Smart move. Dems Unite!

    May 21, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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