St. Louis – Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders visited St. Louis in an effort to boost voter turnout before Missouri’s March 10 presidential preference primary. Biden (left) held a rally at Kiener Plaza on Saturday, March 7. Sanders rallied with supporters at the Stifel Theater on Monday, March 9.
The AFL-CIO had not endorsed either candidate at Labor Tribune press time. However, both candidates had received endorsements from national and local Labor unions. Biden’s endorsements include UFCW Locals 655, 88 and 2 in Missouri and Local 881 in Illinois as well as the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), National Association of Government Employees (NAGE), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA).
Sanders’ endorsements include the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Nurses United (NNU), the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). Biden and Sanders received a co-endorsement (along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is no longer in the race) from the American Federation of Teachers AFT. – Labor Tribune photos