Communications Workers of America endorses Clinton

Communications Workers of America endorses Clinton
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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) on Monday endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report MORE for president by highlighting her stance to protect U.S. workers from bad trade deals.

The CWA endorsement expressed support for the presumptive Democratic nominee's opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and her push against a possible vote on it during a lame-duck session after the November elections. 

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"She has reaffirmed her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now and in a possible lame-duck session of Congress," the CWA said in a statement.

In her response, Clinton said that she will “do everything in my power to defend American jobs and American workers.” 

“Any trade deal must meet three tests to earn my support: It must create good American jobs, raise wages, and advance our national security. I do not believe that the Trans-Pacific Partnership meets this high standard. That's why I oppose the TPP — and that means before and after the election," she said. 

Previously, the CWA had endorsed Clinton's rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 4 points in Florida Judd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come MORE (I-Vt.) saying in December that the union had "made a clear choice and a bold stand" in endorsing Sanders.

The CWA adds to Clinton's labor union support, which includes the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union, ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this month.

The union touted Clinton's support during the Verizon worker strike, her willingness to battle Wall Street, her support for healthcare and retirement benefits and equal pay legislation. 

“As president, I will always stand with the CWA to protect workers’ fundamental rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job and to retire with dignity and security after years of hard work," Clinton said.

The CWA said the “contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, couldn’t be greater.”

The union called Trump “reckless, unthinking and much more likely to cut a deal with his billionaire colleagues than look out for working families.”

President Obama is urging Congress to vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement before he leaves office next year. 

The CWA said its members and retirees in California, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Ohio will make calls and walk neighborhoods in support of Clinton.