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After months of deliberations, polling and surveys, the Teamsters have decided which presidential candidate will get the backing of their 1.4 million member union: Barack Obama.
"This endorsement begins a partnership to change America," Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said. "Together we will reinvent the political process and give a voice to those who have been ignored by the Bush administration for the past eight years."
The decision, announced Feb. 20, comes after a meeting between Hoffa and the Democratic senator from Illinois in Austin, Texas, and was based, in part, on Obama''s pledge to focus on the country''s transportation needs.
"Senator Obama will fight to rebuild our transportation infrastructure," Hoffa said. "He will work with us to address critical issues from our ports to our highways, rails and airports. We need a president who is focused on rebuilding America and Barack Obama will be that president."
But Obama rival Hillary Clinton also has support from labor organizations. Last August, the United Transportation Union endorsed Clinton, who promised to support several of the rail union''s objectives, including increased rail safety, hours of service, pay and training.
"The UTU has a long history of picking winners early," UTU International President Paul Thompson said in a statement.