|IAM members had a chance to meet with former President Bill Clinton while he was campaigning for his wife before the Connecticut primary. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), District 26 Business Representative Pat Buzzee, Connecticut State Council of Machinists (CSCM) Treasurer Kirby Boyce, CSCM President John Harrity, Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-CT), District 26 Directing Business Representative Everett Corey, Local 1746 President Nancy Flagg and Local 1746 activist Norm Jones. Back right: Local 1746 activist Reagan Toomey (left) and Local 1871 President Jim Underhill (right).|
Union members in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic helped propel Hillary Clinton to victories in four out of five primary contests held Tuesday, moving the IAM-endorsed candidate within arm’s length of the Democratic nomination for president.
|Connecticut State Council of Machinists Treasurer Kirby Boyce with former President Bill Clinton.|
“I know there are still too many barriers holding too many Americans back,” Clinton told a crowd in Philadelphia Tuesday night. “But despite what other candidates say, we believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation.”
Union members joined community activists to deliver Clinton decisive wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a victory in Rhode Island.
“Whether you support Sen. Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us,” said Clinton. “We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high. That Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street. And we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it.”
The IAM was the first major industrial trade union to endorse Secretary Clinton for president.