The second-largest union in New Hampshire broke ranks with its national body on Sunday, announcing that it would endorse Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks 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.
“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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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 WarrenIn defense of share buybacks Democrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo In Washington, the road almost never taken 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-CortezSecurity policy expert: Defense industry donations let lawmakers 'ignore public opinion' Do progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCongress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda Holding back on defensive systems for Israel could have dangerous consequences The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (D-Minn.), and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Holding back on defensive systems for Israel could have dangerous consequences Overnight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House 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.