The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Endorses Clinton

Endorsement result of landmark polling of American IUPAT members and


Dec 19, 2007, 00:00 ET from International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Union
 of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) announced today that it will be
 throwing its full support behind Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next
 president of the United States. The endorsement is the result of an
 unprecedented special ballot that was sent to 160,000 IUPAT members and
 retirees across the United States.
     "Our members have spoken and they have overwhelmingly chosen Senator
 Clinton as the IUPAT candidate for president," said IUPAT General President
 James Williams. "They told us that they want retirement security, health
 care reform and a leader in the White House who can deliver the change this
 country needs. Senator Clinton, the members of the Painters and Allied
 Trades believe in you, and we're ready to help you win in 2008."
     The ballot included letters written by the candidates - Republican and
 Democrat - specifically to IUPAT members as to why he or she is the best
 candidate for the top job in the United States. The ballot also included
 comprehensive fact sheets on the candidates' voting records on the issues
 that are important to America's working families.
     This vote by IUPAT members is the first of its kind for the 2008
 presidential race. "We thought the only way to be completely open and fair
 about our endorsement was to poll our members to understand which candidate
 they thought would do the best job," said IUPAT General President Williams.
 "We also know that not all union members vote strictly Democrat, especially
 on the local level. Providing our members with all of the options was the
 only way to do this."
     Of the votes received, 83% were for Democratic candidates with the
 remaining votes all Republican. The Republican winner of the IUPAT votes
 will be announced in January.
     The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents over
 160,000 working and retired men and women of the finishing trades in the
 United States ( The IUPAT is renowned for its political
 activism within the organized labor movement and has been dubbed the Army
 of Black and Gold because of its members' signature black and gold t-shirts
 and large numbers at rallies.

SOURCE International Union of Painters and Allied Trades