Biden canvassers join Teamsters union

Biden canvassers join Teamsters union
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Field organizers with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response MORE’s White House campaign announced Saturday that they are unionizing, joining a local Iowa chapter of the Teamsters.

The campaign put out a press release Saturday saying it welcomes the news as the former vice president leverages support from labor groups and white working-class voters in the 2020 primary race.

“Joe Biden has fought for the dignity and respect of working people his entire career and we are proud to be a campaign that puts his values into action — including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and of course the right of workers to organize,” Biden’s campaign manager Greg Schultz said in the statement.

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“We look forward to working with our field organizers, as the newest members of Teamsters Local 238, who are helping power this campaign to victory,” he continued.

Biden has long cast himself as an ally of labor movements and unions, vowing on his campaign to bring back the “dignity of work.”

The former vice president released a plan in October that would seek to incentivize unionization and collective bargaining and prevent employers from hindering workers’ organizing efforts. 

Democratic presidential candidates have put a premium on gaining support from labor groups as the party works to win back working-class voters who traditionally vote for Democrats but flipped to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE in 2016.

Other presidential campaigns — including those of Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Seth Meyers returning to late-night TV with 'hybrid episodes' Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators MORE (I-Vt.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro — have already unionized.