Hillary Clinton at an event in Exeter, NH last month

Sep 23, 2015 12:08 PM

Steinhauser - First on NH1 News: Clinton lands another union endorsement in NH

NH1 Political Director -

CONCORD – The list of unions backing Hillary Clinton continues to grow.

NH1 News learned Wednesday that the New England chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is endorsing the former secretary of state.

"She has a long track record of supporting working men and women and their issues. She understands that economic recovery has to reach beyond the very wealthy and the best way to do that is protecting workers rights to organize, fair wages, benefits, and equal pay for equal work,” said Joseph J. Donahue with the New England Regional Council of Carpenters Local 118, in a statement obtained by NH1 News.

“She will fight against the exploitation of workers in the underground economy with an enforcement focus on wage theft and tax fraud. She knows the importance of workforce development, supporting apprenticeship training and investing in highway infrastructure because of the job creation and keeping our roadways safe for travel and commerce,” Donahue added.

In recent days the American Federation of Teachers New Hampshire and the National Education Association New Hampshire also endorsed Clinton. And Nationally the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, the American Federation of Teachers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry have backed Clinton’s second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

While Clinton remains the front runner in national polling, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has topped Clinton in the past six public opinion surveys in the Granite State. But Sanders trails when it comes to labor endorsements. This past weekend at an event at his new offices in Manchester, Sanders received the endorsement of the New Hampshire Post Workers Union. Last month he was backed by the National Nurses United.

Earlier this month Sanders said he thinks “a lot of unions” will endorse his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News minutes before marching in the Milford, New Hampshire Labor Day parade, Sanders said “I am confident that we’ll have the support of more unions” when asked if he thinks labor leaders will hold off on making any endorsements before they get a good look at the independent senator from Vermont.

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