|IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an Alexandria, VA rally in October 2015.|
Throughout Hillary Clinton’s campaign, union members played a key role in her historic bid for the presidency. Following Tuesday’s big wins, Clinton is now the first woman to be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States.
“The historical importance of nominating Hillary Clinton is not just political. It is significant for women at every level of American society,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “Now, the contrast between Sec. Clinton and her opponent in November could not be clearer. This union was one of the first to endorse her and we are going to be there with her every step of the way in this campaign.”
Clinton, an honorary IAM member, has pledged to protect workers’ rights to collectively bargain, expand paid leave and raise the minimum wage. Her agenda includes plans to rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing sector considering workers’ interests, not just those of corporations.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible,” Clinton told supporters Tuesday night. “We all want an economy with more opportunity and less inequality, where Wall Street can never wreck Main Street again. We want a government that listens to the people, not the power brokers.”
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