The 35,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles overwhelmingly voted Thursday to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, citing the need for an “unapologetic, longstanding ally of progressive policies to make public education a priority in the White House.”
UTLA, the second-largest teachers union local in the nation, said in a statement announcing the endorsement that 80 percent of its elected leadership voted in favor of supporting Sanders.
“Sanders is the first viable major candidate in 25 years in the Democratic Party to stand up against privatization, the charter billionaires, and high-stakes testing and to stand up for a massive redistribution of wealth to schools and social services,” said UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl. “Critically, like UTLA, Sen. Sanders believes in building a national movement for real, lasting change.”
Teachers have consistently ranked among the most common donors to Sanders’ presidential campaign. As the Washington Post reported, “K-12 teachers have donated more money to Sanders than to any of the other Democratic presidential candidates.”
UTLA’s decision to back Sanders came on the eve of National Nurses United’s official endorsement of the Vermont senator, which is scheduled for a press conference in Oakland, California at 4:30 pm PT.
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