Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 12, 2015, 7:23 a.m. EST by factsrfun
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By BRAD MIELKEJACK CLOHERTY
Bernie Sanders has landed his biggest labor endorsement to date: the American Postal Workers Union, or APWU.
The group represents 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees from across all 50 states. The APWU executive board announced its choice early this morning.
The commitment comes at a critical moment for the Sanders campaign, which watched Hillary Clinton snag endorsements in October from the first- and third-largest unions in the nation: the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
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“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” Postal Workers President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement, invoking the battle cry of the Vermont senator. “Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country. He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk.”
Much of the talking revolves around post office closures across the nation, particularly in rural areas, and new ways to raise postal revenue. Dimondstein added that the group had been impressed when Sanders spoke to postal workers in Las Vegas, which was his first stop after October’s debate.