Sanders campaign unveils endorsements from 85 Iowa union workers

Sanders campaign unveils endorsements from 85 Iowa union workers
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White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) unveiled the endorsements of 85 union members in Iowa as he works to shore up support for his progressive bona fides against a surging Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.).

The endorsements were announced on the “Bernie beats Trump” tour in Iowa during which Sanders is visiting counties that voted for former President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE in 2016 to help ensure skeptical voters that he can beat Trump in a general election.

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“Right to work laws have been on the books in Iowa for over seventy years so it’s not hyperbole to say workers’ rights have been under attack here for generations. With Sen. Sanders’ Workplace Democracy Plan, Iowa’s Chapter 20 and so-called ‘right to work’ law will be a thing of the past,” said Bernie 2020 Iowa State Director Misty Rebik, referring to state law that bans union workers from negotiating contracts that require all those who would benefit to contribute to the cost of union representation. 

“These union workers standing with Bernie Sanders are going to help us repeal right to work in Iowa once and for all.”

The endorsements come from members of several unions, including the autoworkers of America and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

Sanders has cast himself as a staunch ally of unions and other labor movements, unveiling his “Workplace Democracy” plan in August that would, among other things, seek to double union membership in his first term and boost middle-class wages. The Vermont Independent is joining teachers striking in Chicago and auto workers with the United Auto Workers union picketing against General Motors in Detroit this week. 

The announcement comes as Sanders and Warren battle for the primary field’s progressive mantle. Recent statewide and national polls have showed Sanders ceding support to Warren as the Massachusetts Democrat continues to surge, even leapfrogging frontrunner Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE in a couple of surveys.