Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau

Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border MORE (D-Calif.) won a major endorsement from a key union group Saturday as her presidential campaign works to break out of a months-long plateau in the polls. 

Harris received the endorsement of the United Farm Workers (UFW), a California-based group that was established by liberal icons Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, among others, and has longstanding ties to progressive politics. The union represents more than 10,000 agricultural workers across the West Coast. 

“She stood with us on heat protections. She marched with us for overtime protections. We support @KamalaHarris because of her leadership on immigrant justice and her fight for our equal treatment as farm workers. #WeFeedYou,” UFW tweeted in its announcement. 

The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report on the endorsement.


UFW President Teresa Romero told the Chronicle that the union’s executive board and leadership voted “overwhelmingly” to endorse Harris and that they were “inspired by her vision of a just and inclusive America, her personal story and the confidence and strength she has shown in the face of attacks from Donald Trump.” 

“Humbled to earn the endorsement of the @UFWupdates. These working families are the lifeblood of our economy and communities, and this union has long been on the frontlines in the fight for justice,” Harris tweeted. 

The endorsement could be a shot in the arm for Harris, whose campaign has stumbled in recent months after a successful launch earlier this year. The California senator has been stuck in the middle tier of national and early state polls and reports have risen of staff frustration over the lack of a strategy to resurge in the primary field.

Democratic presidential candidates have put a premium on support from labor groups as the party works to win back working-class voters who traditionally vote for Democrats but flipped to President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza MORE (I-Vt.) won the support of National Nurses United and United Teachers Los Angeles while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE earlier this year snagged the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters.