Sanders lands postal workers union endorsement
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor to moderate 'Washington Week' Pressure builds for Biden to back vaccine patent waivers Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms MORE (I-Vt.) for president on Thursday, giving Sanders an influential ally as he scraps to keep pace with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights Hillary Clinton: Biden less 'constrained' than Clinton and Obama due to prior administration Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE in the race for labor support.

In a statement, APWU president Mark Dimondstein, whose group counts some 200,000 postal employees, called Sanders a “true champion” for union rights and said his members will back the Vermont Senator because they’re tired of the status quo.
“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” Dimondstein said. 

“We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what they think they stand for, but by what they do,” he continued. “Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country. He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. He is a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service.”

Sanders has been courting the APWU for months, first meeting with board members over the summer and later addressing activists at a conference in Las Vegas.

Dimondstein said the group’s endorsement went beyond Sanders’s commitment to policies that specifically have an impact on postal workers, but rather extends to his commitment to liberal policies aimed at bolstering labor groups and supporting low wage workers in general.

“No other candidate has his record of standing with workers on picket lines, fighting for a $15 per hour minimum wage, supporting free public college tuition, and advocating for veterans’ benefits,” Dimondstein said. “And no other candidate has his record of fighting to defend and expand Social Security, promoting Medicare for all, and opposing fast track trade authority and rotten trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”

Sanders and Clinton have been battling for the support of the nation’s union groups for months.

The former secretary of State holds the edge, counting a half-dozen national unions with memberships in the millions in her corner. The postal workers endorsement is only the second national labor group to back Sanders, along with National Nurses United.

Some of the nation’s largest labor organizations, including the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union, have yet to endorse.

The endorsement comes as Sanders struggles to keep up with Clinton in the polls. The former secretary of State holds big leads nationally and in early-voting states Iowa and South Carolina. 

Still, Clinton and Sanders are running neck-and-neck in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state.