Presidential candidate Joe Biden received a major union endorsement on Sunday to add to his list of labor support.
“Joe Biden is picking up support from union groups, with labor leaders eyeing the former vice president as key to winning back the many rank-and-file voters who backed President Trump in key battleground states in the last election.
Since Biden’s Super Tuesday turnaround, a number of unions in the next round of primary voting states have begun backing his campaign. On Sunday, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) also announced they would back Biden after a vote by members.
Those moves reflect both labor’s unease over his rival Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) ‘Medicare for All’ proposal and broadly a sense that Biden has the momentum to seal the nomination and can win back union workers in the general election.
Biden won the endorsement last month of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which had endorsed Sanders in 2016.
‘We polled our members. We took an extensive poll of all our members of all the candidates,’ ATU President John Costa told The Hill about his union’s endorsement toward Biden. ‘When we asked who they think would be the best candidate to succeed Trump, it was actually much bigger on Biden’s side’
Biden has received union endorsements from the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), National Association of Government Employees, Scranton Federation of Teachers, International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, among others.
Sanders’s union endorsements include the American Postal Workers Union, National Union of Healthcare Workers and the Washington Teachers’ Union.”
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