Friday, February 15, 2008

Union Support Swings Toward Obama

If Hillary is counting on blue-collar support from voters in Ohio, she just got a big jolt of reality, as two major blue-collar unions have announced their support for Barack Obama. One of my sisters in Ohio is a union organizer for one of these unions and their organization and influence in elections is about as strong as any political campaign could hope to have in their corner.

According to Newsweek:

Sen. Barack Obama won the support Friday of the 1.9-million member Service Employees International Union, his second endorsement in as many days from large labor organizations and a fresh sign of momentum in the Democratic presidential race with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"There has never been a fight in Illinois or a fight in the nation where our members have not asked Barack Obama for assistance and he has not done everything he could to help us," Andy Stern, the union's president, told reporters in announcing the decision.

Stern said that in the months since union leaders met with several Democratic candidates last fall, "the excitement has been building and building for Obama."

here to read the rest of the story and to find out which other union has gone with the Obama candidacy.

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