Sanders predicts more labor support in 2016 bid

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Posted: Oct 06, 2015 4:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he has "zero doubt" that rank-and-file union members will support his Democratic presidential campaign even though Hillary Rodham Clinton has locked up many endorsements.

Sanders joined labor activists on Capitol Hill to discuss new legislation to allow workers to form unions. He told reporters the process for picking up labor endorsements isn't over "by any means" and he had the support of many workers.

Clinton was endorsed by the National Education Association on Saturday and has eight labor endorsements, representing 7 million workers.

Sanders was endorsed by the National Nurses United, which represents about 185,000 workers.

His legislation would allow a union to be certified if a majority of eligible workers sign valid authorization cards. Similar legislation has been blocked by majority Republicans in Congress.