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Union backs Nader

Issue No. 1713

United States

Union backs Nader

RALPH NADER'S campaign in the US presidential election was boosted last week when the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America voted to endorse him as their candidate-the first national union to do so.

Nader is standing as the Green Party's candidate in November's election, and speaking out against corporate greed, long working hours, lack of healthcare, and anti-union laws. He says last year's protests against the WTO in Seattle were a watershed in US history.

The electrical workers' union says, "The wasted vote in this election would be for the pro-business Democrats and Republicans." Meanwhile Nader continues to inspire audiences at meetings across the US. Some 10,000 people packed into a sports stadium in Portland, Oregon, recently to hear him speak.

There was a 700 foot queue outside the hall some 45 minutes before he was due to appear!

The crowd cheered Nader's attacks on the multinational corporations. He said the recent Democratic and Republican conventions were "marinated in corporate money" and "like legalised bribery meeting legalised extortion". Despite his support Nader will be excluded from the official televised presidential debates because he is getting less than 15 percent support in national opinion polls.

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Sat 9 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1713
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