Feb 1, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Following is a statement by CWA President Chris Shelton on the results of the Iowa Caucuses:
What an incredible night! Just one month ago, Senator Sanders trailed by double digits in Iowa polling. That picture has fundamentally changed. Sanders’s message of restoring an America that works for all of us has been spreading throughout the country, engaging first time voters, young people, independents, even conservatives. New Hampshire is the next stop in a campaign that continues to energize millions of Americans.
More than a million individuals made a record 2.5 million donations to the Sanders campaign last year, and there’s no sign of this grassroots-powered support diminishing. Senator Sanders will continue to push forward for the political transformation that working families want, and CWA stands solidly behind him.
CWA members were “boots on the ground” in Iowa, making phone calls, walking neighborhoods and working to get out the vote. That same energy is at work in In New Hampshire, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada and many other states, where working people are embracing Sanders’s call for the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share, to end “too big to fail,” to get big money out of politics and to restore income equality and fairness.
CWA has more than 300,000 active and retired members in the states that will hold primaries between now and April 1. In California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio, where CWA has its largest numbers of members, activists are engaged in worksite actions, staffing phone banks, and signing up new contributors to CWA’s political program ahead of the 2016 election.
CWA represents 700,000 workers in telecommunications, media, airlines, public service and health care, and manufacturing.