September 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Aug. 26 that it has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, after a unanimous vote by its executive board.
“She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws, and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so much for the chance to retire with dignity,” Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said in a statement. Clinton in May praised the Treasury Department for rejecting a request by trustees of the union's Central States Pension Fund to slash benefits by as much as 70%. They were the last of the country’s five largest unions to endorse Clinton; the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees all backed her before the Democratic primaries began. While the Teamsters supported Republicans Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush in the 1970s and 1980s, they have endorsed Democratic presidential candidates consistently since 2000. Read more