Endorsements by National Organizations

2016  |  2008  |  2004                                                                                                                                                                             updated January 22, 2020 
A key area to watch for in the coming weeks is endorsements by national labor unions.  The first endorsement of this cycle came from the IAFF for Biden on Apr. 29, 2019, and IAFF members have been visible on the campaign trail in support of Biden.  United Farm Workers endorsed Harris on Nov. 16, but she dropped out little more than two weeks later.  Most of the big AFL-CIO affiliated national unions have held back on endorsments, although they have been engaging their members in endorsement processes (for example
AFT, NEA 1,2,3, SEIU, Teamsters).  Several other unions have weighed in as well.  National Nurses United, which was very active on Sanders behalf in 2016, has again endorsed Sanders.  UE has endorsed Sanders and NAGE-SEIU Biden.
In the 2015-16 Democratic primary Hillary Clinton gained overwhelming support of organized labor starting with the AFT endorsement on July 11, 2015 while Sanders had just a handful of national labor endorsements.  In 2007-08 endorsements split among Clinton, Obama and Edwards and one for Dodd.  Clinton received an early endorsement from RWDSU in May 2017; 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, 2013.  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 have also made endorsements and mobilized resources in support of their favored candidates.

See also: Endorsements by Elected Officials


International Association of Bridge, Structural, and Ornamental Iron Workers (Jan. 22, 2020)
AAPI Victory Fund (Jan. 17, 2020)
National Association of Government Employees (NAGE-SEIU) (Dec. 9, 2019)
International Association of Fire Fighters (Apr. 29, 2019)

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)


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)

Working Familes Party (Sept. 16, 2019)
Progressive Campaign Change Committee (Feb. 9, 2019)


Log Cabin Republicans (Aug. 16, 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)