"We can not just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions".
Sanders is one of at least two dozen Democrats either running for the White House or eyeing a possible campaign to challenge President Trump in 2020. 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 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.
However, his campaign has recently come under scrutiny for alleged instances of sexual harassment by senior staffers during the 2016 campaign. "And when candidates who claim to support the labor movement practice what they preach, that sends a powerful message that, if elected, they will deliver on their promises to strengthen union rights and level the playing field between workers and employers".
The campaign added that employees had chose to unionize through a card check system, in which employees sign authorization slips consenting to being represented by a union. Sanders' aides said on a recent conference call that the campaign has roughly 70 paid staffers.
Mark Federici, Local 400's president, congratulated the socialist senator for "making history" and urged other politicians to follow suit.
Jonathan Williams, the communications director for UFCW Local 400, said that the first step now that the union has been formed is to negotiate the contract.
"While political campaigns aren't the easiest work environment, every worker has the right to respect and dignity", he said.