Skip to comments.One Of The Nationís Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders
Posted on 07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nations most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate.
The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement:
In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nations most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate.
Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall.
This is not a close call, Cohen said at the news conference. This is a guy who for his entire life has been there for working people.
I am proud to have the support of Larry Cohen and so many workers in the American trade union movement, Sanders said. They know we need an economy that works for the middle class and not just the wealthy.
Sanders and Cohen were joined by members from other labor groups including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Iron Workers Union, the Laborers International Union of North America, National Nurses United, the International Association of Firefighters, the American Postal Workers Union and 75 others.
Cohens endorsement was significant because it came on the heels of a Politico report that AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka was working behind the scenes to squash the growing momentum among union members for Bernie Sanders.
The appeal of Bernie Sanders is natural for members of the labor movement who feel like establishment Democrats have not made their concerns a priority.
What is happening is that individuals who have felt ignored are using their support for Bernie Sanders to get their voices heard.
The message to the Democratic leadership is that they are not going to be able to silence the Sanders supporters. Labor is rallying behind Sanders as it is beginning to look Democratic voters may be treated to a competitive primary campaign.
Cross-over voting is the number one problem for conservatives in the primaries. If Hillary runs unopposed, dems will be encouraged to vote for a Jeb in the R primaries. If there is a real contest for the dems, they’ll have to keep their votes to themselves.
It’s with that in mind that I say: Go Bernie!
What does it say about today’s Democratic Party that Bernie Sanders is for them a viable candidate?
Perhaps an avowed socialist has become “viable” only by the realization among progressives that Hillary Clinton is rapidly becoming “non-viable”?
Would John Kennedy even have a chance to be nominated in today’s Democratic Party? I think not.
Is it not possible that Bernie is viable because he is perceived by progressives as occupying an ideological place to the RIGHT of Barack Obama? Is Bernie Sanders the left’s version of learning from the 2014 electoral debacle, and moving toward the center?
Bernie’s vision for America is Sweden, Norway, Denmark. Barack? How about Venezuela? Cuba?
Bernie wants to split up big corporations, Barack Obama shakes them down. So perhaps the progressives have a point.
What does it say about the party that people like Evan Bayh and Mark Warner aren’t pulling off their warm-ups to get in the game? Have they disqualified themselves by not fully embracing global warming and therefore anti-capitalism, as Bernie has? I think so. No money from greens, and no money from wanna-be fascist corporations.
This election is certainly instructive as to the state of today’s Democratic Party. And the media. It is smoking out all the formerly cloaked motivations and ideologies. The party is being revealed for what it’s been for some time now-rotten to the core.
What is happening is that individuals who have felt ignored are using their support for Bernie Sanders to get their voices heard
In 2008 the rats had both houses and an anti American socialist president. We are now 7 years down the line and there are still people who cant be heard?
Agree for Big Labor if Hillary wins Hillary the nominee... they will leave in droves
Sanders as the nominee ?...No way
Sanders is singing their song...
This should be very interesting...
I can see private unions going big for Sanders...
I can see pubic sector unions going big for Hillary...
If that happens you will never read a story about the "split in union votes"
Big fat labor leader endorses fellow Communist!....
What is surprising about this?
Socialism = Labor Unions.
Labor unions + Socialism
Hey, this is a good thing. I would love to see Bernie “Santa Clause” Sanders, OR SOMEONE, take Hillary out during the Primary season; with a little help from all of her “scandals”. If that evil witch gets the Dem nomination, there is a good chance she will be the next POTUS. We must stop her anyway we can. Maybe it’s time for Rush to revive his “Operation Chaos”.
What did we learn from this article?
“Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sander...s”
Ahh, yes. Larry Cohen is a socialist.
You are so right. If there is any “cross-over” voting, let some Pubbies cross over and vote for Sanders to knock the evil witch out of the nomination.
Agree for Big Labor.... if Hillary is the nominee... they will leave in droves
Sanders as the nominee ?...No way
If what you say is true, and I hope it is, then we could win this thing and keep that evil witch out of the White House. Since the Dems have the Gay, the Black, the Latino and the baby-killer votes, the Labor vote might help us eke out a victory in 2016.
I would tend to agree...but the guy has a lot of momentum...
OWS types, Millenniums, democrats who dislike Hillary, union Big Labor, left leaning democrats...seem to like his message..
If the country could elect a Obama, I will not count out Bernie...
I checked his website for President, REAL short on policy, lots of talking points for the brain dead LIV...
The perfect democrat candidate...
I can't wait for the democrat debates...should be a real snooze-fest...
We will know if the nomination is a done deal by the way Sanders attacks Hillary..
Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders... Sanders and Cohen were joined by members from other labor groups including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Iron Workers Union, the Laborers' International Union of North America, National Nurses United, the International Association of Firefighters, the American Postal Workers Union and 75 others. Cohen's endorsement was significant because it came on the heels of a Politico report that AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka was working behind the scenes to squash the growing momentum among union members for Bernie Sanders.Used to be owned by the Mob, one boss is as good as another for so-called organized labor.
Cohen and the CWA have gone out on a limb a bit with this endorsement.
The Clintons carry (and settle) grudges and have memories like elephants.
As opposed to an indecent one like Walker? Scott has no chance with union households.
Sanders will not be good for small businesses. Trump will be, because he contracts with small businesses within he own larger real estate empire.
You didn’t think everyone working at Trump’s enterprises and resorts was directly hired by Donald, did you?
You didnt think everyone working at Trumps enterprises and resorts was directly hired by Donald, did you?
You mean he doesn't. Well, I'd be gobsmacked...
Doesn't every CEO of billion dollar companies do all the interviewing and hiring (rolling eyes)
Don't mean to be snarky, but that was a pretty silly question...I didn't fall off the potato truck last week...
LOL! I never cease to be amazed at many Freepers ignorance of how very large businesses are operated. So, I wasn’t targeting you in particular.
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