The AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, joining other unions like the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union. Its endorsement locks up the labor vote for Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton is a proven leader who shares our values,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement.
“Throughout the campaign, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the issues that matter to working people, and our members have taken notice,” he added. "The activism of working people has already been a major force in this election and is now poised to elect Hillary Clinton and move America forward.”
Clinton embraced the AFL-CIO following the vote, promising that “workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House” if she is elected.
“We are stronger when we have each other’s backs,” Clinton said. "Workers' rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job, and to retire with dignity and security after years of hard work are fundamental to our country and to our economy. In too many statehouses across the country — and even in the halls of Congress — these rights are under concerted attack by Republicans.
“As president, I will stand proudly with the AFL-CIO and fight to protect the rights and values that helped build the might American middle class,” she added.
The AFL-CIO is a collection of unions representing more than 12 million workers.
Beginning immediately, the AFL-CIO will put in motion its ground campaign to elect Hillary Clinton and union endorsed candidates across the country. The federation has been laying the groundwork for this campaign for months, and Trumka pledged that “we will run a sophisticated, targeted ground campaign. And with the dire consequences Donald Trump poses for America’s working families, it has to be.”
“This election offers a stark choice between an unstoppable champion for working families and an unstable charlatan who made his fortune scamming them,” said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who also serves as chairman of the AFL-CIO’s political committee.
“We are ready to fight hard to restore faith in America and improve the lives of all working people,” said Trumka. “Hillary Clinton has proven herself as a champion of the labor movement and we will be the driving force to elect her President of the United States.”