Transit union backs Clinton

Transit union backs Clinton
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE is adding to her trove of endorsements from labor unions.


The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents over 190,000 subway operators, city bus drivers and other transit employees, announced Wednesday that it is supporting the Democratic nominee’s bid for the White House.

“Secretary Clinton’s rallying cry — Stronger Together — is an expression of the fundamental principle that has guided the labor movement’s historic work delivering momentous improvements in Americans’ lives,” ATU International President Larry Hanley said in a statement.

“In Frat Boy Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE, we have a candidate who has no core values, who seems to lack even a basic understanding of what is going on in the world, and who believes that lone billionaires like him — not movements like ours — has [sic] all the answers.”

The union group previously endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProtecting democracy requires action from all of us Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Amazon probes allegations of employees leaking data for bribes: report MORE (I-Vt.), who aggressively courted labor groups when he was competing for the Democratic nomination.

The ATU said it plans to mobilize members and riders across the country in support of Clinton and other candidates who back public transportation. In 2012, the group handed out leaflets to millions of transit riders, encouraging them to support ATU-backed candidates.

Clinton has promised major spending on the country’s transportation and infrastructure system; the GOP’s 2016 platform has called for eliminating federal funding for mass transit, bike-share programs, sidewalks and rail-to-rail projects.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Amalgamated Transit Union. I will proudly stand with ATU as we work to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, and make the minimum wage a living wage," Clinton said in a statement.

"We'll invest in building 21st century infrastructure, including transit infrastructure, and make sure that our transit systems are designed to actually connect working people to jobs and economic opportunity."