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 SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race 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 ClintonHillary Clinton on US leading in coronavirus cases: Trump 'did promise "America First"' Democratic fears rise again as coronavirus pushes Biden to sidelines Clintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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 Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom 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 Tlaib20 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 Detroit officials halt water shutoffs over coronavirus outbreak concerns 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.