Sanders picks up union endorsement
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight MORE, the campaign announced Thursday.

The union represents 50,000 people who work in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

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ILWU International President Robert McEllrath called the Vermont senator the best candidate for "America's working families."

“Bernie is best on the issues that matter most to American workers: better trade agreements, support for unions, fair wages, tuition for students at public colleges, Medicare for all, fighting a corrupt campaign finance system and confronting the power of Wall Street that’s making life harder for most Americans,” he said in a statement.

Sanders said it was an honor to receive the endorsement.

“This campaign is building a movement of millions of Americans who are demanding that our economy works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent," Sanders said in a statement.

"The working men and women of the ILWU are a vital part of our movement which is spreading to every corner of our country.”