first major union endorsements
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen.
Christopher Dodd were the first to receive enforcements by the
York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton received the endorsement of the United Transportation
Union, while another Democrat running for president, Connecticut
Senator Christopher Dodd, was endorsed by the International
Association of Fire Fighters. This was the first major
endorsement for the Democrats by a national union and will boost
up their bids for the party's presidential nominations. Both the
United Transportation Union and the International Association of
Fire Fighters are affiliates of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S.
labor federation, which couldn't reach an agreement among its 55
members to endorse a single candidate and the unions said
they would move forward on their own.
The United Transportation Union (UTU),
which endorsed Hillary Clinton today, has over 125,000 members
from the railroad, bus and mass transit workers and retirees. It
is the largest operating railroad union in North America,
headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. A statement on the UTU's
website from its International President Paul C. Thompson read:
“It is a high honor and a distinct privilege to be the first
labor union in making this endorsement. The UTU has a long
history of picking winners early. Hillary will be a president
that America’s working families can count on."
The International Association of Fire
Fighters (IAFF), which endorsed Sen. Christopher Dodd, is even
bigger union, boosting over 280,000 members in 3,100 locals and
represent professional firefighters in the U.S. and Canada, with
main office located in Washington D.C. "Our great country has
been without sound presidential leadership for too long to keep
us safe and secure. This time around - experience matters. No
candidate has more experience, and no candidate offers
leadership on issues important to fire fighters and the quality
of life for their families than Chris Dodd," was posted on the IAFF website. Writing the FIRE and SAFER Acts are among the main
congressional achievements of Sen. Dodd, which led to the
endorsement by the firefighters.
While the Democratic presidential
candidates Hillary Clinton and Christopher Dodd enjoyed their
first major labor union endorsements, this was a blow to fellow
Democrat former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. The former
Senator is building his presidential bid around the working
family and the fact the first labor endorsements went to Clinton
and Dodd could be a sign that Edwards' platform is less convincing
that he hoped for.
The oddsmakers immediately reflected on the
new developments and the odds on the presidential candidates
were updated. Sen. Christopher Dodd however remains an underdog
to win the Democratic nomination with odds 40/1, while Sen.
Hillary Clinton is the unchallenged favorite with odds 4/11 for
Democratic nomination, as well as 2/1 to become the next
President of the United States, as posted by the bookmaker
Published on 08/29/2007