Vermont Senator and possible 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reportedly injured himself in the shower Friday after colliding with a glass door; requiring multiple stitches following the incident.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 will represent the campaign workers as Sanders, an independent USA senator from Vermont, seeks the 2020 Democratic nomination.
"We can not just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions", he tweeted.
Sanders, campaigning in SC on Friday, said he was proud of the distinction.
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A majority of Sanders' campaign workers signed a union card by Friday, triggering the union's recognition, the union said. On the campaign trail, Sanders has repeatedly vowed in speeches - as he did in 2016 - to make it easier for workers to unionize, often tying it to his push for a rise in the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour. The New York Times reported allegations of unwanted sexual advances, as well as pay inequity.
Several women who worked on the 2016 Sanders campaign have since alleged they were subjected to harassment, mistreatment and gender discrimination. All campaign employees below the rank of deputy director will be represented by the union, which said the number could grow to more than 1,000 members.
Mark Federici, Local 400's president, congratulated the socialist senator for "making history" and urged other politicians to follow suit.