Labor divides over Democratic presidential contest - – Rockford’s News Leader

Labor divides over Democratic presidential contest


Hillary Clinton has the edge over her Democratic presidential rival, Bernie Sanders, when it comes to scoring endorsements from unions. But what about union members?

Sanders is running hard to capture the votes of rank and file members even as their leadership joins the Clinton bandwagon.

Clinton has racked up endorsements from 23 national unions, gaining their organizational clout and pull with members. For weeks she's been aided in Nevada by union canvassers, phone banks and ads promoting her candidacy. Nevada holds its Democratic caucuses on Saturday.

Only three national unions have endorsed Sanders. His supporters say several locals have backed him, including two International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers locals in Nevada. They argue he speaks more for actual working union members.

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