Larry Cohen, the outgoing president of the Communications Workers of America, has endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Cohen will volunteer for the Sanders campaign.
He said that his decision not to support the Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton was a no brainer because she refused to oppose President Obama’s attempts to win fast track approval for his trade policies. Labor groups fear that more free trade will cost American workers jobs due to the competition from much cheaper foreign labor.
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Cohen told The Huffington Post, “I did everything I knew how to do to get Clinton to speak out on fast track, and she wouldn’t. We begged her to speak out. There was a million ways she could have done it. … Why was she silent on this?”
“Without a candidate like Bernie, we’re going to get a repeat of the same stuff, ” Cohen said. “Bernie is movement-building, and we need a new movement. We need to get big money out of politics.”
Meanwhile, Senator Sanders has announced that he has received the support of a new group called called Labor for Bernie which was formed to support the Sanders candidacy. The group states, “We call on labor leaders, union members and working people to unite behind Bernie Sanders for a voice in the presidential political process and to elect the President working families need – a President who will answer to the 99 percent!”
These endorsements should come as no surprise since Senator Sanders has made his campaign about fighting the increasing disparity of wealth in America and how the 1% can use its billions to influence American elections.