Endorsements by National Organizations

2016  |  2008  |  2004                                                                                                                                                                                  updated Oct. 28, 2020

On April 8, when former Vice President Joe Biden became the presumptive nominee,
he had already garnered endorsements of 12 national unions as well as over half a dozen other national organizations.  Endorsements in a competitive primary can have a significant impact (see below).  Many additional unions and organizations have thrown their support behind Biden for the general election, while President Trump has just a handful of national endorsements thus far.

since April 8, 2020, when Biden became presumptive nominee...
Association of Flight Attendants Union and Association of Professional Flight Attendants (announced Oct. 28, 2020)
North America Building Trades Union (NABTU) (announced Oct. 23, 2020)
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) (announced Sept. 30, 2020)
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) (announced Sept. 30, 2020)
Actors Equity Association (announced Sept. 21, 2020)
National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) (announced Sept. 16, 2020)
UNITE HERE (announced Sept. 14, 2020)
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) (announced Sept. 7, 2020)
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) (announced Sept. 7, 2020)
International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC-NABTU) (announced Sept. 7, 2020)
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) (Aug. 31, 2020)
BlueGreen Alliance (Aug. 26, 2020)
International Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (Aug. 20, 2020)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Aug. 18, 2020)
United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (Aug. 17, 2020)
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) (Aug. 14, 2020)
Alliance for Retired Americans (Aug. 13, 2020)
American Federation of Musicians (Aug. 10, 2020)
National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) (July 24, 2020)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) (July 21, 2020)
National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) (July 20, 2020)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (July 9, 2020)
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) (July 2, 2020)
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (July 1, 2020)
Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen (July 1, 2020)
International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P), Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) (July 1, 2020)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) (June 26, 2020)
Pride at Work (June 24, 2020)
United Farm Workers (June 24, 2020)
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) (June 10, 2020)
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) (June 9, 2020)
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (May 28, 2020)
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (May 27, 2020)
AFL-CIO (May 26, 2020)
Communications Workers of America (CWA) (May 22, 2020)
United Steelworkers (USW) (May 20, 2020)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) (May 19, 2020)
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) (May 15, 2020)
International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) May 11, 2020)
Transport Workers Union (TWU) (May 7, 2020)
United Auto Workers (UAW) (Apr. 21, 2020)
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce (announced Sept. 25, 2020)
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (announced Sept. 24, 2020)
Paid Leave for the U.S. Action Fund (PL+US Action) (announced Sept. 24, 2020)
Community Change Voters/Community Change Action (announced Sept. 21, 2020)
Little Lobbyists (Aug. 31, 2020)
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Aug. 31, 2020)
Working Families Party (Aug. 13, 2020)
Supermajority (Aug. 13, 2020)
Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC (Aug. 13, 2020)
Sierra Club (Aug. 10, 2020)
Congressional Democratic Women's Caucus (Aug. 7, 2020
Council for a Livable World (Aug. 6, 2020)
Democratic Treasurers Association (July 28, 2020)
NARAL Pro-Choice America (July 27, 2020)
MoveOn (July 1, 2020)
NRDC Action Fund (June 24, 2020)
Planned Parenthood Action Fund (June 15, 2020)
ASPIRE PAC (May 29, 2020)
Equality PAC (May 17, 2020)
Progressive Turnout Project (May 6, 2020)
Human Rights Campaign (May 6, 2020)

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) Action Fund (May 5, 2020)

Indivisible (May 4, 2020)
Jewish Democratic Council of America (April 24, 2020)
Congressional Black Caucus PAC (Apr. 20, 2020)
League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (Apr. 20, 2020)
J Street (Apr. 17, 2020)
End Citizens United and Let America Vote (Apr. 16, 2020)

Voto Latino (Apr. 16, 2020)
Emgage PAC (Apr. 16, 2020)
CASA in Action (Apr. 9, 2020)
see more below...


Fraternal Order of Police (Sept. 4, 2020)
National Troopers Coalition (Aug. 31, 2020)
Associated Buillders and Contractors (Aug. 28, 2020)
National Border Patrol Council (Aug. 18, 2020)
American Energy Alliance (Aug. 18, 2020)
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) (July 15, 2020)
National Association of Police Organizations (July 15, 2020)
International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO (Sept. 10, 2019)
Log Cabin Republicans (Aug. 16, 2019)
National Right to Life Committee (July 4, 2019)

No Endorsement
80-20 Asian American Empowerment PAC (May 18, 2020)


endorsements to April 8, 2020...

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) (Mar. 23, 2020)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (Mar. 22, 2020)
United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) (Mar. 20, 2020)
International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) (Mar. 15, 2020)
National Education Association (NEA) (Mar. 14, 2020)
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) (Mar. 8, 2020)
Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) (Mar. 3, 2020)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) (Feb. 5, 2020)
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) (Feb. 1, 2020)
International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers (Jan. 22, 2020)
National Association of Government Employees (NAGE-SEIU) (Dec. 9, 2019)
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) (Apr. 29, 2019)
CHC BOLD PAC (Mar. 20, 2020)
National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (Mar. 12, 2020)
Giffords PAC (Mar. 11, 2020)
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund (Mar. 9, 2020)
Brady PAC (Mar. 8, 2020)
Latino Victory Fund (Feb. 20, 2020)
AAPI Victory Fund (Jan. 17, 2020)

VoteVets PAC (Dec. 4, 2019)
LGBTQ Victory Fund (June 28, 2019)

Latino Victory Fund (Aug. 1, 2019)


United Farm Workers (Nov. 16, 2019)
Higher Heights for America PAC (Nov. 6, 2019)
Indian American Impact Fund (Apr. 17, 2019)


IfNotNow (Mar. 11, 2020)
Working Families Party (Mar. 9, 2020)
Justice Democrats (Mar. 8, 2020)
350 Action (Mar. 2, 2020 - joint endorsement Sanders and Warren)
Democracy for America (Mar. 2, 2020)
Emgage PAC (Feb. 20, 2020)
Muslim Caucus of America (Jan. 31, 2020)
Zero Hour Movement (Jan. 31, 2020)
People Power for Bernie (Jan. 30, 2020)
Friends of Earth Action (Jan. 30, 2020 - joint endorsement Sanders and Warren)
American Postal Workers Union (Jan. 30, 2020) [Jan. 29 vote]
Make the Road Action (Jan. 15, 2020)
Sunrise Movement (Jan. 9, 2020)
People's Action (Dec. 19, 2019)
CASA in Action [regional-MD, PA, VA] (Dec. 8, 2019)
National Nurses United (Nov. 15, 2019)
UE, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (Aug. 26, 2019)
Democratic Socialists of America (Mar. 22, 2019)
Progressive Democrats of America (Mar. 12, 2019)

National Women's Political Caucus (Mar. 3, 2020)
EMILY's List (Mar. 2, 2020)
NOW PAC (Mar. 2, 2020)
350 Action (Mar. 2, 2020 - joint endorsement Sanders and Warren)
Friends of Earth Action (Jan. 30, 2020 - joint endorsement Sanders and Warren)
Black Womxn For (Nov. 2019)
Working Familes Party (Sept. 16, 2019)
Progressive Campaign Change Committee (Feb. 9, 2019)


International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO (Sept. 10, 2019)
Log Cabin Republicans (Aug. 16, 2019)
National Right to Life Committee (July 4, 2019)

also see:
VT and NH-based Rights & Democracy endorsed Sanders (Nov. 16, 2019)
California-based National Union of Healthcare Workers split endorsement of Warren and Sanders (Sept. 26, 2019)

Endorsements in the Primary
The role of organized labor in the Democratic primary campaign is particularly significant.  Most of the big AFL-CIO affiliated national unions held back on endorsements through the early contests
waiting to see how things developed before committing.  There were a few exceptions.  IAFF made the first endorsement of a national union this cycle, for Biden on Apr. 29, 2019.  IAFF members were very visible in supporting Biden on the campaign trail as the year progressed and in early 2020, providing a real boost when his candidacy was a bit wobbly.  (IAFF was also influential in Sen. John Kerry's win in the 2003-4 nominating contest, but its endorsement of Sen. Chris Dodd in 2007 did not help the Connecticut senator).  Sanders attracted a few endorsements from national unions including APWU and UE.  National Nurses United, which was very active on Sanders' behalf in 2016, endorsed him again and its leadership and members provided visible support at his campaign rallies.  Sanders was also endorsed by quite a few locals.  With Biden's solid win in the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary, the Democratic establishment began lining up behind him, and major unions likewise began to follow suit.  

Endorsement processes vary.  AFT actively engaged its membership over the course of a year before finally endorsing Biden; other unions (for ex. SEIU and Teamsters) likewise engaged their members, including holding forums.  Some of the unions do take a more top-down approach.
In contrast to the 2020 cycle, in 2015 AFT was first out of the gate with its endorsement of Hillary Clinton on July 11; Clinton went on to gain overwhelming support of organized labor
in the 2015-16 primary while Sanders had just a handful of national labor endorsements.  In 2007-08 endorsements split among Clinton, Obama and Edwards while IAFF backed Dodd.  Clinton received an early endorsement from RWDSU in May 2007; Obama did not receive his first endorsement until Jan. 9, 2008 from UA - Plumbers and Pipefitters.  In 2003-04 Gephardt led in the number of endorsements, starting with early support from the Iron Workers (April 9, 2003) and the Bricklayers (May 21, 2003).  Kerry followed with endorsements from eight nationals, led by the IAFF on Sept. 24, 2003.  Dean obtained endorsements from just three nationals—IUPAT, SEIU, and AFSCME—but those three were very active in supporting him. [AFL-CIO affil. unions]

A number of non-labor groups also made endorsements and mobilized resources in support of their favored candidates.  Sanders attracted many such endorsements; some of the groups supporting Sanders announced a coordinated effort just before the first votes were cast in the Iowa caucuses.

See also: Endorsements by Elected Officials