U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders greets Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers striking against Verizon in Brooklyn

Sanders joins picket line, fights Clinton for union support

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders greets Communications Workers of America (CWA) workers striking against Verizon in BrooklynBy Gina Cherelus and Megan Cassella NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined a Verizon workers’ picket line in Brooklyn on Wednesday after being endorsed by New York City transit workers as he fought for union support that has largely gone to rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, addressed the hundreds of striking workers as “brothers and sisters” and thanked them for their courage in standing up to what he characterized as corporate greed by the mammoth communications company. Employees cheered as Sanders criticized Verizon Communications Inc for wanting to take away health benefits, outsource jobs and avoid federal income taxes, calling it “just another major American corporation trying to destroy the lives of working Americans.” “Today I became a Bernie supporter.

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