Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday 7scored a key endorsement from a large teachers union at a time when her chief rival is picking up support from organized labor.
By backing Clinton, the American Federation of Teachers, which as the nation's second-largest education union represents 1.6 million members, became the first national union to endorse a 2016 candidate.
The endorsement comes just two days before Clinton delivers a speech about the economy that labor leaders will watch closely. Some of them have already expressed public support for US Senator Bernie Sanders
, who is also seeking the nomination.
is a tested leader who shares our values, is supported by our members, and is prepared for a tough fight," AFT President Randi Weingarten
said in a statement, citing Clinton's record as a former first lady, US. senator and secretary of state.