LITTLE ROCK The United Steelworkers union is backing former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in his 2014 gubernatorial bid.
The group said in a statement that it is endorsing a candidate earlier than it usually does because Halter, a Democrat, has "earn[ed] it."
"Bill has stood up time and again for the working people of Arkansas," United Steelworkers District 13 Director Mickey Breaux said in the statement. "He was against the Wall Street bailout in large part because there was no accountability written into it. He has always maintained that our trade agreements be fair to American workers, not just free for global corporations."
Halter is the only Democrat to formally declare his candidacy for governor, but several others are thought to be considering a run. On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and businessman Curtis Coleman have announced bids.
United Steelworkers represent about 850,000 workers in industries including glass-making, mining, steel, oil, service and health care.