Source: United Mine Workers to endorse Obama

May 21, 2008 8:33:29 AM PDT
The Associated Press has learned that the United Mine Workers of America will endorse Barack Obama for president. The union's executive board voted unanimously for an endorsement of the Illinois Democrat Wednesday morning, said a union official speaking on condition of anonymity. The official would not speak on the record because an announcement has not been made yet.

The Mine Workers union had originally endorsed former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina. But Edwards dropped out of the race earlier this year and threw his support to Obama.

The union includes coal miners, clean coal technicians, health care workers, truck drivers and school board employees. It has more than 86,000 members.