November 17, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
The 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for President on Nov. 12, becoming the largest labor union to favor him over Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The union cited Sanders’ efforts to keep rural post offices open, his support for a $15 minimum wage, and his opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and efforts to privatize the mail. “Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country," APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “He is a fierce advocate of postal reform to address the cause of the United States Postal Service financial crisis and an outspoken opponent of USPS policy that degrades mail service.” The senator also blocked the appointment of two nominees to the postal Board of Governors who were opposed by postal unions. Read more