Bernie Sanders joins striking AT&T workers in Kentucky

Bernie Sanders joins striking AT&T workers in Kentucky
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday joined striking AT&T workers in Louisville, Ky., ahead of a presidential campaign rally.

The event Sanders joined was one of several across nine states involving 20,000 workers who are protesting labor practices at AT&T.

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Communications Workers of America has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against AT&T for not bargaining in good faith, according to local station WLKY.

“A strike is in no one’s best interest. We remain ready to sit down with union leaders to negotiate a new, improved contract for our employees," AT&T said in a statement reported by WLKY.

Sanders has long been a proponent of workers' rights and last week released a plan aimed at increasing union membership.

The strategy dubbed the “Workplace Democracy” plan sets a target of doubling union membership during Sanders's first term if elected.

Under the plan, the NLRB would be able to certify a union if a majority of eligible workers consent and enact “first contract” provisions that order employers to start negotiating within 10 days of receiving a request from a new union.

Sanders on Monday was endorsed by United Electrical Workers, the second major union to put its support behind a Democratic nominee.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE scored an endorsement from the International Association of Fire Fighters earlier this year.