IAM Members Take Center Stage at Clinton Rally

IAM members were a strong presence at an Alexandria, VA rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

IAM members were front and center at a grassroots organizing event in Alexandria, VA featuring Hillary Clinton and Gov. Terry McAuliffe. One day after an 11-hour marathon before a House Committee, Clinton fired up the crowd with her comprehensive agenda to help America’s working families.

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“Your fights are my fights and I won’t quit until all Americans have a chance to get ahead and stay ahead again,” said Clinton. “I’m running to help middle-class families get that raise, fight for small businesses who create most of the jobs in America and to make sure when a company does well, it’s not just the shareholders and executives who benefit, it’s also the people who work at that company.”

Clinton’s top priorities for workers include addressing income inequality, reducing student debt, stopping the attacks on voting rights, paid leave for families, immigration reform, extending health care coverage and closing the wage gap between men and women.

“Let’s together make sure our country is one where we lift each other up and leave no one behind,” she said to the enthusiastic crowd.

A large group of IAM members who were in the crowd and behind the stage at the rally and were led by International President Tom Buffenbarger, General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes, General Vice Presidents Robert Martinez, Jr., Sito Pantoja and Diane Babineaux. Retired Council members Robert Roach, Jr. and Rich Michalski were also present.

“Hillary Clinton spoke out strongly for America’s working families and that’s why she has our support,” said Buffenbarger. “She is committed to making sure everyone in America will do better, not just the few at the top.”

In the same week, Clinton gained another key labor endorsement by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “AFSCME members want the candidate who will be the most effective champion for working families, and who will be able to deliver a victory in this critically important election,” union president Lee Saunders said in a statement. “AFSCME members believe that candidate is Hillary Clinton.”

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