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Health care workers to picket outside Biden fundraiser

Health care workers to picket outside Biden fundraiser
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The president of a California union representing health care workers said members will picket outside Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE's upcoming fundraiser in Los Angeles set to be held at the home of a director of the Kaiser Foundation.

HuffPost reported Tuesday that the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), an Oakland-based union representing more than 3,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in the state, will hold an informal picket outside Biden's Wednesday event.

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The union has battled Kaiser for years over staffing levels in California clinics, according to HuffPost, and is reportedly pressuring Biden's campaign to side with union workers over his donors. The former vice president defended unions in recent days after criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE over several unions' endorsement of Biden's campaign.

“He should take our side in this dispute,” union president Sal Rosselli told HuffPost. “I think he should walk. He should cancel it.”

Biden's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. The union has staged multiple protests in recent weeks at Kaiser's headquarters in California, accusing the company of unfairly cutting jobs in northern California.

Rosselli's union endorsed Biden's closest rival in the 2020 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.), during Sanders' 2016 run for president. Rosselli told HuffPost that Biden should refuse contributions from Kaiser executives until the union dispute is resolved.

“I think he should step up and get a commitment,” Rosselli said.

Biden, who launched his campaign officially last month, currently sits at the top of most polls and has established a comfortable lead over Sanders, the only other contender in the crowded Democratic field regularly pulling double-digit support in surveys of early primary states.

He faced criticism from Sanders' campaign last month following his launch and subsequent fundraiser at the home of Comcast executive president David Cohen.