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LABOR VOICES

It’s time to unite behind Hillary Clinton

Dennis Williams

The UAW endorsed Hillary Clinton for president because she is experienced and focused on job security. Our country needs an experienced voice that understands the complexities of multinational economies and how they impact American workers, their families and communities.

There are two excellent candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president: Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both would promote and support politics that are good for UAW members and working families. Our labor union did not rush to judgment on the endorsement. We have talked to the candidates who sought our endorsement. We have waited to let the primary process run its course. But there does come a time when we have to unite. That time is now.

Clinton has received over 3 million more votes in the Democratic primary and over 1 million more votes than any candidate overall. This election is important to our members and their job security and it is in the best interest of our members and our nation to unify behind a candidate who will help improve the lives of working men and women and their families.

The Republican Party is uniting behind Donald Trump who has said workers make too much money and he would push for lower wages for UAW members. Trump was clear on that when he said that our members’ jobs should relocate to anti-union states to compete with lower Mexican wages. How can a candidate convince UAW members they should make less money for their hard work? Making America great again isn’t done by lowering wages of workers. That’s the wrong kind of leadership.

When you take his statements at face value, and you watch the circus that has been the Republican primary, you might wonder about his temperament at a time when our members and all working men and women need global leadership to save their jobs and livelihoods.

Clinton understands that an economic plan must raise incomes for hardworking Americans. This includes strengthening the federal minimum wage and supporting the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime rules to include millions of American workers.

UAW believes the right to collectively bargain is essential so that working men and women can improve their living standards, provide for their families and build a strong middle class. Clinton supported the UAW as an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act and stood up against attacks on collective bargaining when we needed her. She believes that equal pay, paid family leave, earned sick days and affordable child care will improve the lives of working families.

UAW stands behind the candidate who has the clearest path to win in November and who will work to improve the lives of working families across the nation. A house divided cannot stand. One party is already uniting behind Donald Trump who said he will push for lower wages. If we want a different outcome, unity matters.

Labor Voices

Labor Voices columns are written on a rotating basis by United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, Teamsters President James Hoffa, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber and Michigan Education Association President Steven Cook.