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Trailing Bernie: Sanders nabs second big labor endorsement

ernie Sanders picked up a second major labor endorsement Thursday from the American postal Workers Union. The 200,000-strong union, a member of the AFL-CIO, is backing the 74-year-old Sanders in his bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination over rivals Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley. The union represents postal workers in all 50 states. The campaign released a statement from union President Mark Dimondstein, who called Sanders “a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service” and “a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.” The union cited Sanders’ efforts to opposed the closing of post offices and mail sorting facilities around the country, as well as his opposition to ending Saturday delivery. Sanders has also been a strong proponent of modernizing the U.S. Postal Service by adding banking services, copying and selling hunting and fishing licenses. Continue Reading →

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Sanders rallies supporters at Iowa union hall

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA — Hundreds packed a union hall for a town hall meeting in rural Marshalltown as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign learned of progress toward a major union endorsement in South Carolina. The United Automobile Workers Local 893 hosted Vermont’s junior senator, where he delivered portions of his rehearsed stump speech before fielding questions from the audience. The labor-friendly crowd was receptive and enthusiastic as the 73-year-old Sanders appealed for them to join the political revolution he his hoping to incite. “The powers of Wall Street and corporate America and the big money interests are so powerful that … the only way we defeat them … is when millions of people are united and are standing up and saying, ‘Enough is enough,’” Sanders said. “If I win this thing, let me tell you, I’m gonna be back the day after the election because I can’t do it alone.”

The self-described democratic socialist blasted the $7.25 per hour minimum wage, calling it “a starvation wage.” He said a Sanders administration would seek a $15 per hour minimum wage as some cities have done. Continue Reading →

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