NEW YORK, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 75,000-member
International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO today announced its
endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States.
"The ILA is proud to endorse and support Senator Barack Obama for
president of the United States," said Richard P. Hughes, ILA President.
"Throughout his years of public service, Senator Obama has stood staunchly
with working families and the union movement with a 98% positive labor
The ILA represents waterfront workers at major U.S. ports on the
Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, major rivers and Puerto Rico, in addition to
"With the support of our ILA-COPE program, and our affiliation with
AFL-CIO State and Central Labor Council bodies and the A. Philip Randolph
Institute, the ILA will do all that it can to ensure the election of
Senator Obama as our next President," Mr. Hughes said. "We will engage our
members to aggressively register families and friends to vote."
The ILA enjoys a deep concentration of politically active members in
key election states such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. Many ILA members are actively involved with their local labor
affiliated A. Philip Randolph Institute Chapters, which has extensive voter
education and "Get Out the Vote" programs.
"The ILA echoes the statement of our national AFL-CIO in noting that
Senator Obama has advocated a change for our nation that mirrors the
priorities of the labor movement," said ILA President Hughes who also
serves as a Vice President and Executive Council member of the AFL-CIO. "He
supports trade policies that put America's workers first and has pledged to
address our nation's health care and retirement crisis."
ILA President Hughes added that the choice was clear for all working
families that Senator Obama deserves our full, united and unwavering
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO