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 (www.IUPAT.org). 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