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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 SandersPelosi pushes for drug pricing measure amid uncertainty from White House White House sees GOP proposal as legitimate starting point The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' 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 WarrenBiden plan would nearly double capital gains tax for wealthy: report Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave Progressives divided over efforts to repeal SALT cap 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 TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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 BidenBiden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot MORE in a couple of surveys.