On Thursday, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was endorsed by American Postal Workers Union, which has 200,000 members. The same group also endorsed the senator when he was rivaling Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries.
“As with 2016, once again the Sanders campaign is boldly uplifting the goals and aspirations of workers,” union president Mark Dimondstein said, “Simply put, we believe it is in the best interests of all postal workers, our job security and our union to support and elect Bernie Sanders for president.”
AP News reports:
The union’s support is key because it promises organizing muscle across the country. Sanders says that if turnout is high for Monday’s leadoff Iowa caucuses, he will win — and he believes a win there will propel victories in the next two states that vote, New Hampshire and Nevada.
Sanders is shown polling right up at the top with former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Warren and Sanders are both vocal in advocating for expanding post office services to offer things like banking....Which is an interesting concept. Why would you create a bank within the postal services?
With that being said, I wonder if that will cause bank unions to back President Trump in order to protect their business.
National labor unions wield a great deal of influence in the Democratic primary, though many have yet to pick sides in the still-crowded 2020 field. The National Nurses United backed Sanders in November after endorsing him in 2016. Biden’s campaign got a boost last year with the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Buttigieg once worked at the high-powered consulting firm McKinsey & Company and has previously released a client list that included the U.S. Postal Service. In 2010, the Postal Service hired McKinsey and other consulting firms, and they eventually recommended ways to increase revenue, including by cutting back on daily mail service.
Buttigieg’s campaign released a statement in December saying he was “part of a team tasked with generating ideas to increase revenue like selling greeting cards and increasing the use of flat rate boxes.” It added that the candidate “never worked on cost-cutting or anything involving staff reorganization or the privatization of essential post office services.”
“When we defeat Donald Trump, we’re not going to privatize and cut the Postal Service. We’re going to expand and strengthen the Postal Service,” Sanders tweeted.
I’m so honored to receive the endorsement of the @APWUnational. When we defeat Donald Trump, we're not going to privatize and cut the Postal Service. We're going to expand and strengthen the Postal Service. https://t.co/7JezqTqyv7
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 30, 2020
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