Bernie Sanders to unveil sweeping labor bill

Bernie Sanders to unveil sweeping labor bill
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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.) is preparing to unveil sweeping union organizing legislation intended to endear himself to the labor community ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The Democratic presidential candidate, who is battling Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Hillary Clinton: 'I would have done a better job' handling coronavirus MORE for union support, will introduced legislation on Tuesday afternoon “to make it easier for workers to join together and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions,” according to a press release from Sanders’s office.

Sanders is introducing the bill along with Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanSteyer endorses Markey in Massachusetts Senate primary Celebrities fundraise for Markey ahead of Massachusetts Senate primary Why Veterans Affairs workers don't trust the Trump administration MORE (D-Wis.) in the House.

The legislation seems to mirror a similar workers’ rights bill introduced last month by Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTrump officials seek to reassure public about safety of a potential coronavirus vaccine Overnight Health Care: Trump refuses to say if he slowed down coronavirus testing | US COVID-19 cases rise, marking ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials to testify on continued dangers of coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Mark Takano says Congress must extend worker benefits expiring in July; WHO reports record spike in global cases MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDeVos issues new rule ordering more coronavirus relief to private schools Am I racist? The coronavirus crisis has cut the child care sector MORE (D-Va.) that would increase penalties for companies that retaliate against workers for organizing.