Law and Politics

Special Report: Workers Feeling The Bern From Hawaii, Alaska and Washington State To Wisconsin

March 30, 2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC – Bernie Sanders had a huge weekend, crushing Hillary Clinton in three states with more than seventy percent of the Democratic vote in Washington state, Alaska and Hawaii. Clinton still holds a large lead in delegates and endorsements from labor unions and elected officials. In Madison, Wisconsin Senator Sanders brought a strong pro-union message to thousands of fervent supporters.

[Senator Bernie Sanders]: "Hundred plus years ago when workers were being ruthlessly exploited being overworked, being underpaid – they stood up and said we are not animals, we are human beings. We are going to form trade unions. And we owe our brothers and sisters in the trade union movement – we owe them a whole lot for helping to create a forty hour work week and helping to create the middle class of this country. And let me tell Governor Walker he may have won a short lived victory here against the unions but that short term victory will not stand in the long run. We're gonna rebuild the trade union movement!"

[Senator Bernie Sanders]: "Hundred plus years ago when workers were being ruthlessly exploited being overworked, being underpaid – they stood up and said we are not animals, we are human beings. We are going to form trade unions. And we owe our brothers and sisters in the trade union movement – we owe them a whole lot for helping to create a forty hour work week and helping to create the middle class of this country. And let me tell Governor Walker he may have won a short lived victory here against the unions but that short term victory will not stand in the long run. We're gonna rebuild the trade union movement!"

[David Newby]: "We really need a clearcut progressive victory here in Wisconsin. A victory that's gonna make a real difference in this state – both here in Wisconsin and all across the country. And it's for that reason I think that union members in my experience have really been breaking decisively for Bernie."

Former Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen says the Sanders campaign can still win if his supporters keep up the organizing for his political revolution.

[Larry Cohen]: "What I say to people is every vote and every delegate is going to matter in building this movement, as well as in winning that Wisconsin primary in just less than two weeks. We're building a permanent organization, it's not gonna disappear."

Labor For Bernie activists are inspired that despite Sanders' uphill battle for the Democratic nomination, a victory and a political revolution are both possible if the grassroots insurgency continues to work hard.

March 29, 2016

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