Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenMcConnell: Pelosi deals with his own liberal 'Freedom Caucus & # 39; Former DNC president approves Buttigieg for President Will Biden lead a "return to normal" in 2020? MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Presidential Candidates Should Be Required to Disclose Their Income Statements Night Health Care – Presented by CMAM – Sanders Welcomes Trump's Fight About Medicare for All | DOJ lawyer in the ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | The Ohio Government signs a "fast-paced" money abortion bill – Presented by Job Creators Network – The Fourth GOP Senator Opposes Cain for the Fed | Weekly jobless claims are at their lowest since 1969 | Kudlow says Trump will allow $ 5 billion in cuts if Congress does not | Uber files for IPO MORE (D-Mass.) And Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHillicon Valley: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says that Wikileaks is not my thing | Uber officially wants to make public | Bezos defies its competitors on wages | The Kremlin is tightening its control over the Internet Health care at night, presented by the PCMA – Sanders welcomes the fight against Trump for "Medicare for all" | DOJ lawyer in the ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | The Ohio government signs a "heart-breaking" abortion bill The former DNC president approves Buttigieg's appointment to President MORE (I-Vt.) Have all shown their solidarity with Stop & Shop's striking workers before the 2020 election cycle in which Democrats seek to emphasize their support for workers' groups.
"In the past five years, @ StopandShop's parent company has bought back billions of dollars in shares. Now they want to reduce the salaries and benefits of employees. It's wrong. I support the 31,000 UFCW workers who fight for their health, "Biden tweeted Friday.
In the last 5 years, @StopandShopThe parent company has repurchased billions of dollars in shares. Now they want to reduce the salaries and benefits of employees. It's wrong. I am with the 31,000 @UFCW workers fighting for their health care. Join me and support them: https://t.co/D4baO7D5xH
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 12, 2019
"I stand alongside @UFCW and @StopandShop workers on the picket line. The strike affects an estimated 31,000 New England workers who are struggling to get a minimum wage and better benefits. When workers fight, workers earn, "said Warren.
I am with the @UFCW and @StopandShop workers on the picket line. The strike affects about 31,000 workers across New England, making their voices heard and fighting for a living wage and better benefits. When the workers fight, the workers win. pic.twitter.com/P19WjhRqG6
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 12, 2019
Biden is expected to officially launch his presidential campaign in the coming weeks, while Warren announced his candidacy for the White House in December.
Sanders, who has long touted his support for unions, blamed the company for wanting to "radically cut health care" for its 31,000 workers.
.@Stopandshop, a multi-billion dollar company, wants to radically reduce health care for 31,000 workers. I am with @UFCW workers in their struggle for the protection of health care and workers' rights. https://t.co/JdFpXTMwb8
– Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 11, 2019
Thousands of Stop & Shop workers began a strike Friday as part of an ongoing contract dispute to protest what they see as an expected reduction in net pay, health care and other advantages. Five locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers union said 31,000 of its members were involved in the strike that took place across New England.
"Hard-working men and women in more than 240 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are coming together to tell Stop & Shop that it's time to act appropriately. The men and women who make the success of Stop & Shop have deserved and deserve affordable health care, a good salary and the ability to retire with dignity, "the union said in a statement. "They have earned and deserve a good job that allows them to do what they do best: provide the best customer service to the New England communities."
Biden, Warren and Sanders have long been seen as working class allies. Biden may hope his campaign appeal will win back Trump's blue-collar supporters in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, while Warren has released a range of economic policy proposals. , including higher taxes for large companies and individuals.
Sanders, meanwhile, won Michigan and Wisconsin in his Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton says that Assange must "report what he's done" after his Hillicon Valley arrest: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says that Wikileaks is not my thing | Uber officially wants to make public | Bezos defies its competitors on wages | The Kremlin tightens its control over the Internet Gabbard: the arrest of Assange threatens journalists MORE at the Democratic presidential primary of 2016.
The Democratic presidential primary contest has already presented more than a dozen candidates. Many have emphasized their support for unions and other labor movements as they seek to appeal to the party's progressive wing.