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Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest

Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest

White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (I-Vt.) will join striking teachers and auto workers in the Midwest next week as the Democratic presidential candidate seeks to gin up support for his campaign among working-class voters.

Sanders, who has long cast himself as an ally of unions and other labor groups, will join teachers striking in Chicago on Tuesday and then travel to Detroit to picket with auto workers with the United Auto Workers union striking against General Motors.

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“Throughout the campaign, Sanders has stood on multiple picket lines with workers and has used his email and text lists to urge his supporters to stand with striking workers across the country. In August, he released his Workplace Democracy Plan, which would double union membership during his term and give workers unprecedented protections in the workplace,” his campaign said in a statement. 

The move comes as Sanders works to shore up his support among working-class voters as he tries to face down a rising challenge from Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenYellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill Hillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV 'misinformation rumor mills' MORE (D-Mass.) for the primary field’s progressive mantle.

Polling has shown a tightening margin between the two senators, with Warren leapfrogging Sanders in the Real Clear Politics polling index. Both continue to trail former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE in polls of the Democratic race.

Several other 2020 contenders are also jockeying for support among working-class voters as the party as a whole works to win back blue collar workers who historically backed Democrats but flipped to President Trump in 2016.