April 1, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Francisco, CA – The International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union, the West Coast’s leading dockworkers’ union, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president March 24, two days before he won caucuses in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.
The Vermont senator is “best on the issues that matter most to American workers,” International President Robert McEllrath said in a statement, including better trade agreements, support for unions, fair wages, Medicare for all, and “confronting the power of Wall Street.” The union represents about 50,000 workers in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. Support for Sanders “was significant at the grassroots level,” ILWU spokesperson Craig Merrilees said. The ILWU is the fifth major union to endorse Sanders for the Democratic nomination, while more than 20 have backed Hillary Clinton. Read more