Hillary has the Teamsters on her side!
The 1.4-million members of the Teamsters endorsed Hillary Clinton, in a unanimous vote by its executive board.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the nation’s fourth-biggest union, and the last of the country’s labor giants to fall behind the Democratic presidential nominee — well behind the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which all endorsed Clinton in 2015.
Unlike these other unions, the Teamsters do not consistently endorse the Democratic candidate for president.
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said in a statement. “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.”
The Teamsters’ inconsistent support of Democratic presidential nominees is a legacy of Robert F. Kennedy’s aggressive investigation of mob ties to Hoffa’s father, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, when Kennedy was general counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee in the 1950’s and then attorney general. The elder Hoffa served a four-year prison sentence for jury tampering and fraud, then disappeared in 1975 in what is presumed to have been a mob hit.
Trump of course, thought he had the Teamsters on his side:
I am going to keep our jobs in the U.S., and totally rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. Crooked Hillary has no clue! @Teamsters
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2016