Ex-Sanders staffer joins Clinton team
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE’s presidential campaign has hired two new staffers with close ties to organized labor.

Clinton has named Lori D’Orazio and Michele Gilliam deputy labor campaign directors, Reuters reported Tuesday.


Gilliam is a former staffer for Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE's presidential campaign. She also formerly served as an organizer for a local chapter of the Transport Workers Union.

D’Orazio is joining Clinton’s team after working with the AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor organization, as well as the United Auto Workers Union.

Clinton’s campaign hopes the pair will help mobilize organized labor support in battleground states before the general presidential election.

The AFL-CIO voted last month to endorse Clinton, following the path of several other top unions across the nation.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, also has the backing of the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE has also sought support from labor unions, heavily criticizing international trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, called Trump “a fraud” on the issue of trade policy during an MSNBC interview last week.