Sanders picks up union endorsement
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersHealthcare fight pits Trump against Club for Growth Perez, Ellison start multistate ‘turnaround tour’ for Dems Overnight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate MORE, the campaign announced Thursday.

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

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.”