|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2007
|CONTACT: Drew Von Bergen|
NALC President William H. Young announced the action by the union’s 28-member Executive Council at a news briefing at NALC Headquarters in Washington. Senator Clinton joined in the announcement ceremony.
Young said the endorsement comes after Senator Clinton was the clear choice in a nationwide survey of all NALC members on their preference among candidates who responded to a questionnaire.
“On every street, in every neighborhood and across every state in this nation, letter carriers deliver for America,” Young said. “In the primary elections next year, you can count on letter carriers to deliver for Senator Clinton, and I am confident that in the years to come, President Hillary Clinton will deliver for every citizen throughout America.”
“We need a change of direction in this country,” Young said. “We need a leader who is smart and tough. We need a leader who cares about Main Street and Wall Street. We need a leader who sees the labor movement as the solution, not the problem.”
"Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to deliver the change we need,” he said. “She's ready to lead this country from her first day in the White House."
“Most importantly, we need a President and a leader who will make us proud to be Americans again,” Young added. “In making this endorsement, NALC believes we have found such a leader: Senator Hillary Clinton of New York.”
Young said Senator Clinton was a strong supporter of postal reform legislation and was among the first to support legislation to prohibit the contracting out of carrier jobs to low-wage contractors whose status is used to unfairly deny them health insurance and pension protection.
“There is nobody better prepared to take up the battle for universal health insurance, and there is no one I would trust more than Senator Clinton to strengthen Social Security in order to keep the promises we have made as a nation to our retirees, our disabled workers and to their survivors,” Young said.
Young said the nation also needs a President who understands that a competent and efficient government is vital to America’s economic future.
“For us that means maintaining the most affordable and efficient universal
postal service in the world and making sensible appointments to the Postal
Service Board of Governors – that is finding competent governors who actually
believe in the agency’s mission.” Young said.