Transit union backs Sanders

Transit union backs Sanders

Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Chaffetz: Threats against lawmakers should be taken seriously Assange bashes Dems: The party ‘is doomed’ MORE picked up his fourth union endorsement Monday in his bid for the White House.

The Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents 190,000 transit employees from subway operators to city bus drivers, is backing Sanders on the 2016 campaign trail.

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“The sincerity of Bernie Sanders and his long-standing fidelity to the issues that are so important to working people are what convinced us that standing with Bernie is standing with the 99 percent of America that has been left out of the mainstream public debate, cheated out of our jobs and denied the true meaning of the American dream,” Lawrence J. Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said in a statement.

“His unabashed support of civil rights, public services, free tuition at public colleges, increases in Social Security and the minimum wage make him an ideal candidate,” Hanley added. "But the labor movement owes Sen. Sanders so much for his consistent opposition to right-wing programs and his championing of first rate health care for all.”

Sanders, a senator from Vermont, has already received endorsements from the Communications Workers of America, American Postal Workers Union and National Nurses United, but he is trailing Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: 'Why no action' from Obama on Russian meddling? Trump notes 'election meddling by Russia' in tweet criticizing Obama Former Obama advisor calls Fox ‘state sanctioned media’ MORE, who has more than two dozen endorsements from labor groups.

“I’m proud to have the support of the Amalgamated Transit Union,” Sanders said in a statement. “Our political revolution can only happen if thousands of working people stand together and tell the millionaires and billionaires they can’t have it all.”