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This button was for the 1976 campaign of Jimmy Carter (former Governor of Georgia) and Senator Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota), who challenged incumbent President Gerald Ford and Senator Bob Dole (R-Kansas). Carter and Mondale had strong support from labor unions. Though Ford and Dole carried 27 states to Carter and Mondale's 23, they lost 297 to 240 in electoral votes. Plagued by economic recession and the Iran hostage crisis, Carter and Mondale served one term, losing re-election to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in 1980.
The Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks was founded in 1899 in Missouri as the Order of Railroad Clerks of America. In 1967, it changed its name to the "Brotherhood of Railway, Airline, Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees," or BRAC. In 1987, it became known as the Transportation Communications International Union, or TCU, which merged with the International Order of Machinists in 2012.