United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary Clinton

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Posted: May 25, 2016 6:51 PM
United Auto Workers union endorses Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.

The 400,000-member union announced the endorsement on its website Wednesday evening.

UAW President Dennis Williams says Clinton "understands our issues on trade, understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers, their families and communities."

The union is praising Bernie Sanders as "a great friend of the UAW, and of working men and women in this country." But it says Clinton "has shown under pressure her ability to lead and get elected in November."

The announcement criticizes Republican Donald Trump for comments in which he proposed moving UAW jobs to non-union, lower-paying states in order to compete with Mexican wages. Williams says Trump "clearly does not support the economic security of UAW families."