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One Of The Nationís Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders
Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley

Posted on 07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nation’s 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 nation’s 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.

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.

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.


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I think a decent conservative Republican could siphon off a fair share of those union households, like President Reagan did.
1 posted on 07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Correction

One Of The Nation’s Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders Santa Claus.
2 posted on 07/04/2015 3:05:47 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!


3 posted on 07/04/2015 3:38:15 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


4 posted on 07/04/2015 3:40:38 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


5 posted on 07/04/2015 3:57:12 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think a decent conservative Republican could siphon off a fair share of those union households,

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"

6 posted on 07/04/2015 4:08:30 AM PDT by Popman (Christ Alone: My Cornerstone...)
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Big fat labor leader endorses fellow Communist!....


7 posted on 07/04/2015 4:25:31 AM PDT by high info voter (Liberal leftists would have "un-friended" Paul Revere!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is surprising about this?

Socialism = Labor Unions.
Labor unions + Socialism

Any questions?


8 posted on 07/04/2015 4:32:48 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
I think a decent conservative Republican could siphon off a fair share of those union households, like President Reagan did.

You beat me to the punch. My sentiments exactly. This is NOT the Labor movement of the '50's and '60's where the rank-and-file do what the Labor leaders tell them to do. In '80, Reagan got the vote of the UAW Union Membership even though the UAW Leadership opposed him vehemently. I know; I was one of those UAW Members; not by choice, however. I lived in MI at the time and it was not a "Right-to-Work" State.
9 posted on 07/04/2015 4:53:07 AM PDT by Din Maker (GOP Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico for VP)
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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”.


10 posted on 07/04/2015 4:55:56 AM PDT by Din Maker (GOP Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico for VP)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


11 posted on 07/04/2015 4:59:58 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: samtheman

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.


12 posted on 07/04/2015 5:01:38 AM PDT by Din Maker (GOP Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico for VP)
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To: Popman

Agree for Big Labor.... if Hillary is the nominee... they will leave in droves

Sanders as the nominee ?...No way
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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.


13 posted on 07/04/2015 5:09:44 AM PDT by Din Maker (GOP Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico for VP)
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Sanders as the nominee ?...No way

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..

14 posted on 07/04/2015 6:35:30 AM PDT by Popman (Christ Alone: My Cornerstone...)
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Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
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.
15 posted on 07/04/2015 6:36:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW)
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To: Organic Panic

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.


16 posted on 07/04/2015 7:12:17 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Biology is biology. Everything else is imagination.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As opposed to an indecent one like Walker? Scott has no chance with union households.


17 posted on 07/04/2015 10:11:42 AM PDT by Lisbon1940 (No full-term governors)
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To: Popman

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?


18 posted on 07/04/2015 10:59:22 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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Sanders will not be good for small businesses. Trump will be,

Completely agree...

You didn’t think everyone working at Trump’s 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...

19 posted on 07/04/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT by Popman (Christ Alone: My Cornerstone...)
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To: Popman

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.


20 posted on 07/04/2015 12:06:31 PM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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