The twenty-six member board of the Teamsters union unanimously decided Tuesday to withhold their endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and could be ready to completely ditch her for other candidates… including GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
Losing more than one million unionized workers’ votes across key battleground states could be devastating to the already struggling Clinton campaign.
The Teamsters withheld their vote as an intentional snub to Clinton, embarrassing the presidential candidate for her previously shaky support of their goals.
A spokesman for the union said they were also waiting to see if Vice President Joe Biden would be announcing his campaign soon, and that they wanted the board to sit down with Republican candidates, most notably Trump, as they’d previously worked closely with the billionaire in the private sector.
In response, Clinton has scrambed and called for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law, the so-called “Cadillac tax” on health insurance that’s unpopular with large unions.
Critics of this ‘Cadillac Tax’ say the tax will raise costs for consumers who get high-ticket health insurance plans, like many union members.
Clinton’s effort is part of a series of changes she is proposing to “build on” the Affordable Care Act.
Many unions have also held off from endorsing Clinton because their rank-and-file members prefer other primary candidates.
The Associated Press contributed to this article