White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness 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 WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names 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 TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016 to help ensure skeptical voters that he can beat Trump in a general election.
“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.
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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 BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in a couple of surveys.