CWA endorses Bernie

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CWA endorses Bernie.

This week’s final Republican debate was disrupted by supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, but you wouldn’t know it from the media coverage. The Communications Workers of America is set to announce its endorsement of Sanders, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because the endorsement has not yet been made public. Kai Newkirk’s selfie video is going viral on the internet, where it lacks the gatekeepers of the big television and radio networks that failed to cover it.

It’s the third national union endorsement for Sanders, who received the backing of National Nurses United in August and the American Postal Workers Union in November. He stood up during Tuesday’s Las Vegas debate at the billionaire-owned Venetian hotel, broadcast on the billionaire-owned network CNN, to interrupt the billionaire and multi-millionaires arguing on stage. “The American people deserve free and fair elections not billionaire auctions.

Every candidate on this stage is either a fascist billionaire or has been bought by billionaire candidates,” he shouts in the clip. “We demand an equal voice in democracy. Sanders has sought to project momentum heading into Saturday’s third Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire even as national polls have shown him trailing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

His campaign announced Thursday it had received 2 million financial contributions from supporters — underscoring Sanders’ clout in online fundraising — at a pace comparable to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. It’s time for a #DemocracySpring If no Republican candidate or debate moderator will speak to the truth that our political campaign system is corrupt and call for reform to save our democracy then We the People will do it for them.

The organization’s former president, Larry Cohen, has been an unpaid labor adviser to Sanders’ campaign and the CWA has been a vocal opponent of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which Sanders has assailed as detrimental to middle-class jobs and wages. Clinton has locked up nearly 20 labor endorsements accounting for about 11 million members, including influential unions, such as the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union. The lack of coverage by the ‘corporate media’ of this disruption extends to the Bernie Sanders campaign, which complained earlier this month about a deliberate blackout of their candidate.

The rider allows employers to use private wage surveys, instead of the BLS’s Occupational Employment Statistics survey, to determine the prevailing wage that the bosses are required by law to pay. If the Labor Secretary “determines that the methodology and data … are not statistically supported,” then the private surveys can be invalidated, but it’s not clear what the yardstick would be. Art Read, General Counsel at the nonprofit Friends of Farmworkers, told POLITICO the rider is “potentially very destructive.” The measure will also remove some returning H-2B visa workers from the 66,000 cap, allowing the program to expand–welcome news to businesses who say there is shortage of H-2B workers (who work predominantly in the landscaping industry). “Our members’ businesses are now spared the devastating hit they would have faced this spring without the availability of H-2B workers,” Sabeena Hickman, CEO of National Association of Landscape Professionals said in a statement.

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