Hillary Clinton has wavered her support on many controversial amendments, legislation, trade deals, medical device taxes, and she now has turned on the big boys, the Teamsters. Our nation’s largest and most powerful labor union, with over 1.4 million members supported Democratic presidential candidates for over 30 years, has now voted unanimously (26-0) to withhold its endorsement of Hillary Clinton according to Fox News’ James Rosen. Clinton’s relationship with “Big Labor” has been rocky and it appears now that this may be a windfall for Trump. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said he was open to considering alignment with Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump. Trump may clinch the support of the Teamsters, which paves the way for other smart labor organizations to join in.
The Teamsters’ historic vote was reportedly “an intentional snub” of Clinton in response to her voicing opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which she previously supported. This is what happens when you turn your back on this powerful organization.
A second reason the union is holding back is because it wants to first sit down with Republican candidates, “most notably, front-runner Donald Trump, who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career,” Fox News’ James Rosen said. Trump’s recent tax reform proposal could be appealing to some Teamsters as it drastically lowers corporate and individual tax rates for the middle class in an attempt to encourage job creation, savings and investment.