Local New Hampshire SEIU branch bucks national union to endorse Sanders

Local New Hampshire SEIU branch bucks national union to endorse Sanders
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The second-largest union in New Hampshire broke ranks with its national body on Sunday, announcing that it would endorse Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary.

Members of the New Hampshire chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said Sunday that the union chapter would officially announce its endorsement for Sanders on Monday, breaking from national SEIU leadership which has declined to make an endorsement in the crowded primary.

“Sen. Sanders has taken the time to stand with us on multiple occasions,” Rich Gulla, president of the 10,000-member strong union chapter, said in the press release.

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“This type of unwavering dedication to New Hampshire’s workers means that we can trust him to have our backs. For these reasons and more, we are thrilled to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president," he continued.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984's endorsement is the latest progressive coup for Sanders, who has surged in recent polling and now leads in recent surveys of both Iowa and New Hampshire, where he won in 2016 against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE after a narrow loss in Iowa.

The union is the latest group to back Sanders over his progressive ally and 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.), who has faded in some recent polling amid a series of high-profile endorsements for Sanders including those of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE (D-Minn.), and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mich.).

“I’m honored to receive SEA/SEIU Local 1984’s support today,” Sanders said in a statement. “The labor movement helped build the middle class in this country, and strong unions are key to reviving it today. As president, I’ll continue to stand on the side of workers and unions like SEA/SEIU 1984 in the fight for a fair and just economy that works for all of us.”

A spokeswoman for the national SEIU said that the union would consider making an endorsement in the future.

“SEIU members are paying close attention to this race and are still evaluating candidates on their plans to put power back in the hands of working families and give all working people the ability to join together in unions, no matter where they work," a spokeswoman for the national SEIU told the Times.

“We will continue engaging our members nationwide to determine who they see as the best candidate for our union to endorse," the spokeswoman continued.