Bernie Sanders' staff unionizes in presidential campaign first

Bernie Sanders’ staff unionizes in presidential campaign first

United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cut his head on a shower door Friday and received seven stitches, but he proceeded with his scheduled campaign events, a spokesperson said.

UFCW Local 400 President Mark P. Federici says he expects the decision will mean that Sanders' campaign workers have pay parity and transparency, as well as no gender bias and harassment.

"We can not just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions", Sanders said.

"I apologize", Sanders said in a statement posted to Twitter.

The campaign also noted that despite the injury, Sanders proceeded with his scheduled events for the day and will still travel to Nevada for a campaign stop Saturday. "On this campaign and when we are in the White House, we are going to make it easier for people to join unions, not harder".

Sanders, 77, announced his candidacy in February and will compete in a crowded field of more than a dozen Democratic challengers seeking the nomination to face the likely Republican candidate - President Donald Trump - in the 2020 election. If a majority of workers sign them, the union presents those cards to the employer so that the employer will recognize the union.

The next step is for the campaign and the union to begin negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement, the union said.

However, his campaign has recently come under scrutiny for alleged instances of sexual harassment by senior staffers during the 2016 campaign.

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