On New Hampshire Primary Day, CWA President Chris Shelton traveled to the Granite State, rallying local activists and participating in a flurry of media interviews about why workers are joining Sen. Bernie Sanders's political revolution. He issued this statement on the results of the first-in-the-nation primary:
"In New Hampshire, with his decisive win, we again saw the energy and enthusiasm that Bernie Sanders generates among working families, first time voters, young people, independents, and even conservatives.
"CWA members aren't surprised that Bernie Sanders's grassroots revolution is spreading throughout the country. He was the overwhelming choice of CWA members who voted in our online poll to endorse him and his fight against an economic and political establishment that's rigged against working families.
"Sanders is the only candidate whose campaign is funded by the small dollar contributions of ordinary Americans. He has energized millions of voters with his message of fundamental change that benefits working families, not the 1 percent.
"In New Hampshire, hundreds of CWA member volunteers canvassed neighborhoods and talked with voters, phone banked union members, rallied for Bernie Sanders and spent Election Day helping voters get to the polls.
"Our union 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 ready, organizing worksite actions, staffing phone banks, and signing up new contributors to CWA's political program ahead of the general election."
Feeling the Bern in Cold New Hampshire
About 50 CWA activists meet up at a Sanders field office in Manchester, before heading out to canvass neighborhoods and talk to voters.
Members of CWA Local 1400, CWA Local 1180 and other CWA District 1 locals make phone calls and knocked on doors to support the Sanders campaign.
CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor rallies CWA members before everyone headed out for a day of canvassing.
CWA President Chris Shelton with CWA activists on stage during Sanders's victory speech.
CWA Local 1400 Executive Vice President Keri Evinson, CWA Local 1400 President Don Trementozzi, AT&T Mobility Worker Tyler O'Neil, CWA President Chris Shelton, and Verizon Wireless worker Mike Tisei celebrate Sanders's victory in New Hampshire.