Thursday, January 31, 2008

Transportation Workers Union moves to Obama

From The Caucus
The Transport Workers Union, which represents 140,000 active workers, is expected announce Friday that it will become the first union that had backed John Edwards to switch its endorsement to Barack Obama, one union adviser said Thursday night. The union, which endorsed Mr. Edwards, last September represents transit workers in New York City, flight attendants at Southwest Airlines and ground crew for American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union is especially strong in New York State because the union’s New York City branch, Local 100, with more than 30,000 members, is one of the city’s largest and most vocal unions. The union, which is based in Manhattan also claims 60,000 retirees nationwide as members.
It's interesting that such a NY centric union didn't back the Clintons from the start. Given that they snubbed them for Edwards, it's not surprising that they now go to Obama.

If Obama were to carry NYC, the news coverage would be huge.

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