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Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers

Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers
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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE joined picketing Stop & Shop workers Friday in Massachusetts as the South Bend, Ind., mayor seeks to gin up support amid rising polls and strong fundraising numbers.

Buttigieg met with the picketers at around noon at Stop & Shop’s store in Malden. The candidate was already planning a campaign state in nearby New Hampshire. 

Neither Buttigieg’s campaign nor a spokesperson for the workers immediately responded to requests for comment from The Hill.

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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) have already showed solidarity with the strikers ahead of a 2020 race in which Democratic candidates are seeking to underline their support for labor groups.

Biden appeared in Boston Thursday at a rally backing the workers.

“In the last 5 years, @StopandShop's parent company has bought back billions of dollars in stock. Now they want to cut employee wages & benefits. This is wrong. I stand with the 31,000 @UFCW workers fighting for their healthcare,” Biden, who is expected to announce his presidential bid in the coming days, tweeted last week.

Thousands of Stop & Shop union workers went on strike last Friday amid an ongoing contract dispute to protest against expected cuts to take-home pay, health care and other benefits.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union says 31,000 of its members are involved in the strikes, which are taking place at several New England Stop & Shop branches.

“The hard-working men and women at over 240 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are standing together to tell Stop & Shop that it is time to do the right thing. The men and women who make Stop & Shop a success have earned and deserve affordable health care, a good wage, and the ability to retire with dignity,” the union said in a statement

“They have earned and deserve a good job that allows them to do what they do best: provide the very best customer service for New England communities.” 

Buttigieg, Biden, Sanders and Warren are all expected to court the support of working-class voters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin who buoyed President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE to victory in 2016.

Updated at 1:15 p.m.