On the wave of his surge in delegates over Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama received an important union endorsement Thursday. United Food and Commercial Workers, one of the United States’ largest unions with 1.9 million members, finally voted after long deliberations.
The group was torn between the three Democratic candidates, but turned to Obama after his streak of state wins and the elimination of Edwards.
“Both candidates are good on worker issues, but there is something about Senator Obama that has mobilized our leadership and mobilized our membership,” said Joseph Hansen, president of the food and commercial workers.
Service Employees International Union, another large and influential group, is said to be on the verge of an Obama endorsement as well.
Both endorsements will be a boost for Obama’s Hispanic support base, which has generally leaned toward Clinton. Many workers in both unions are immigrants, with jobs including janitors, nurses, supermarket, and meat-processing workers.
Clinton has also found union support from the American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.