Despite many of the national unions announcing their support for presidential candidate Joe Biden, rank-and-file union members in swing states support President Donald Trump, according to local labor leaders in key Midwestern states.
Large unions who have officially endorsed Biden include the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Trump’s union member support comes primarily from building trades unions in blue-collar, Rust Belt states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
“We haven’t moved the needle here,” Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley noted.
Chuck Knisell, an international vice president of United Mine Workers of America District 2, stated of union members’ support for Trump, “The biggest argument that I have from our membership is that this isn’t a blue-collar, working-class Democratic Party that my dad or mom was in. It’s morphed into something different.”
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