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Union Leader: Teachers Union Endorsed Hillary Too Soon

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 04:52 PM

Union leaders are saying that the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Hillary Clinton too early.

They say that the labor groups had a clear understanding that there would be no endorsements before July 30, and labor leaders and teachers are questioning the timing of the endorsement in light of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' recent rise in the polls, Politico is reporting.

"A request was made, and there was an expectation that people were going to at least allow the AFL-CIO process to proceed," one labor operative told Politico. "When the AFL-CIO was asking people not to make endorsements, why did they feel the need to do it in such a hurried fashion?"

In light of remaining concerns about trade that the unions plan to continue to pursue in the weeks to come, several other union leaders called the endorsement "an insult."

In addition to the complaints from labor leaders, almost 4,500 teachers have signed a petition on Change.org calling on AFT to withdraw the endorsement.

Politico notes that AFT president Randi Weingarten is a close friend and donor to Clinton. She has donated to Clinton's super PAC Ready for Hillary, is the board member of another pro-Clinton super PAC, and introduced Clinton when she announced her Senate bid in New York in 2000.

The teachers union waited until October 2007 to endorse Clinton leading up to the Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

Clinton still leads the Democratic field, but from April to July, Clinton's lead with Democrats and Democrat-leaning voters dropped 11 percentage points, while Sanders' support has gone up by 10 percentage points, according to the latest poll from Monmouth University. 

This spike in the polls for Sanders is one of the reasons labor leaders and teachers questioned the timing of the endorsement.

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