Bernie Sanders Gets Stitches After Cutting Head, Goes On With Campaigning

Clay Curtis
March 16, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got stitched up after what his campaign says was a minor injury sustained while campaigning in SC.

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

Working on political campaigns at any level often involves grueling hours and low pay. In card check, union organizers ask workers to sign cards affirming that they support a union.

Mark Federici, Local 400's president, congratulated the socialist senator for "making history" and urged other politicians to follow suit.

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While Sanders' is the first large-scale presidential campaign to unionize, the move comes in the wake of a growing wave of organization within political operations - for candidates and causes - that have for decades been effectively accepted as hard and occasionally unsafe working environments.

Sanders, who narrowly lost the 2016 Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, has been among the leaders in early opinion polls of prospective 2020 Democratic candidates. Mr. Sanders apologized in January, saying: "What they experienced was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about". And recently, workers on some campaigns have been pushing to unionize.

Local 400 represents 35,000 members in the retail food, health care, retail, food processing, service and other industries in six states and D.C., according to the group. The union primarily represents food and retail service workers, however, it also represents employees of Solidarity Strategies, which is Chuck Rocha's consulting firm, reported The Huffington Post.

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