After the fiasco in 2016 when the national teachers unions manipulated an endorsement of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, a number of big teacher locals are taking matters into their own hands.
The Los Angeles Teachers Union has already endorsed Bernie.
And now the Clark County Education Association has done the same thing.
Clark County is home to Las Vegas, a big union town, and the CCEA is the largest independent teachers union in the nation, after splitting off from the state teachers union and the NEA over disagreements about how their dues were being used.
The CCEA endorsement comes ahead of any action by either the AFT and NEA, neither of which has yet to endorse a presidential candidate.
However, the AFT President Randi Weingarten has made her position clear about Sander’s advocacy of Medicare For All.
She has written and has spoken out frequently in defense of employer-based health insurance, as have other labor union leaders, like the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumpka.