Union Farm Workers, One of the Most Powerful Unions, Just Backed This 2020 Democrat

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Posted: Nov 17, 2019 12:15 PM
Union Farm Workers, One of the Most Powerful Unions, Just Backed This 2020 Democrat

Source: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

2020 Democrats have hit the campaign trail, talked with voters, held campaign rallies and worked to secure major endorsements. On Saturday, the United Farm Workers, a California-based union established by liberal icons Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla, announced their official endorsement of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the San Francisco Chronicle first reported.

According to UFW President Teresa Romero, the board voted "overwhelmingly" to endorse Harris. Romero endorsed the California senator earlier this year. 

The union represents more than 10,000 agricultural workers along the West Coast and has had a strong grassroots presence in the Southwest. The group decided to support Harris because of she's a "champion [of] overtime pay for farm workers after eight-hour days, lobbying for state rules supported by the union and marching with the group at demonstrations in the past" as well as her support for "immigrant rights," Romero told the Chronicle.

The union shared the news on Twitter:

And Harris touted the endorsement:

The endorsement, which was closely aligned with the California Democratic Party convention in Long Beach, is said to be a last-ditch effort to help Harris' struggling campaign. At the end of October, the Harris campaign had to cut staff and close offices as their fundraising efforts fell short. 

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