First up was the endorsement announcement in December 2015 of North America's Building Trade Unions (NABTU). Long before she clinched her party's nomination, or a clear Republican front-runner was known, Democrat Hillary Clinton received the support of the NABTU.
"In these times of international strife and uncertainty, our nation needs a leader with the toughness, strength, intelligence and experience to successfully steer the United States through tumultuous waters," said Sean McGarvey, NABTU president. "Here at home, we trust that Secretary Clinton will always do what's best for America's working families."
In June, the General Board of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO also voted to endorse Secretary Clinton.
"This election offers a stark choice between an unstoppable champion for working families and an unstable charlatan who made his fortune scamming them," said Lee Saunders, chair of the organization's Political Committee. "Working people know that Hillary Clinton has the temperament and experience to unite all Americans in our fight to increase incomes at home and extinghish threats abroad."
The presidential campaign will dominate the headlines over the next five months. As it does, these major union organizations will be campaigning hard for Secretary Clinton, and encouraging union members to do the same.
The East Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council is online at www.eastcentralohiobuildingtrades.com.