Campaign workers for Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign unionize

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"We can not just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions", he tweeted. "On this campaign and when we are in the White House, we are going to make it easier for people to join unions, not harder".

"I apologize", Sanders said in a statement posted to Twitter.

"He (Sanders) heads to Nevada this evening and looks forward to his rally in Henderson tomorrow", the statement read.

Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir says the Vermont senator is honored to be the first presidential candidate with a unionized workforce.

Several women who worked on the 2016 Sanders campaign have since alleged they were subjected to harassment, mistreatment and gender discrimination.

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This time around, following reports of sexual harassment and pay disparities on Sanders' last presidential campaign, there will also be added pressure to fortify safeguards against similar mistreatment. In card check, union organizers ask workers to sign cards affirming that they support a union.

The campaign added that employees had made a decision to unionize through a card check system, in which employees sign authorization slips consenting to being represented by a union. And recently, workers on some campaigns have been pushing to unionize. Sanders' aides said on a recent conference call that the campaign has roughly 70 paid staffers.

The next step is for the campaign and the union to begin negotiations over a collective bargaining agreement, the union said.

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

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