Sanders picks up union endorsement
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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump: Hillary Clinton colluded with Democrats to defeat Bernie Sanders Sanders: GOP healthcare bill is a 'moral outrage' GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood 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.”