December 22, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC—The 700,000-member Communications Workers of America endorsed Bernie Sanders for President Dec. 17, the biggest labor union yet to line up behind the Vermont senator.
CWA President Chris Shelton said that rank-and-file members had supported Sanders “decisively” over Hillary Clinton in union surveys, and the union’s executive board voted for him unanimously, citing reasons such as his support for a $15 an hour minimum wage, free college tuition, and a Medicare-for-all health-care system. Sanders “supports our issues, supports working issues, supports union issues," said board member Anetra Session. While Clinton has been endorsed by unions representing most of the nation’s union members, Sanders contended that might have been different if they’d considered rank-and-file sentiment as much as the CWA did. "What we are seeing is a lot of grassroots support in union after union in this country, but that support has not necessarily trickled up to the leadership," he said after the announcement. Read more