Bernie SandersU.S. Senator
Bernie Sanders is a two-term Senator from Vermont. Previously, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2006.
Unions and Workers
Sanders' plan for working people would allow workers to join together industry-wide to negotiate wages and benefits, allow state and local governments to find new ways to give workers power, and put our taxpayer dollars to work to support more good union jobs. He would also establish federal protections against the firing of workers for any reason other than “just cause,” expand access to collective bargaining for workers who are currently excluded, and make it harder for employers to deny responsibility for wages and working conditions.
Introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and backs legislation that would make it easier for working people to form unions.
Has stood withstriking McDonalds workers in the Fight for $15 and a union.
Proposes to reach universal health coverage through Medicare for All legislation, which would create a single-payer system.
Supports comprehensive immigreation reform including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which protects Dreamers and a similar program for the parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, a humane policiy for asylum seekers, an end to family separation, dismantling of deportation programs and detention centers, and independent oversight of immigration enforcement agencies.
Calls climate change “the single greatest threat facing our planet” and supports the Green New Deal.
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Sanders sent a letter of support for union teachers in Scarborough, Maine who are fighting for higher pay and increased investment in public education.
Sanders joined a forum with people who work at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to support their efforts to form a union and discuss his Medicare for All plan.
Sanders defended his Medicare for All plan, asserting that healthcare is a human right and that universal coverage under Medicare is the best way to ensure affordable coverage for all.
The Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate group, gave Sanders’ Green New Deal plan its top rating as the best plan in the democratic field to take on climate change.
Senators Booker, Sanders and Harris introduced a bill to create a Bureau of Prescription Drug Affordability and Access to lower prices for prescription drugs for consumers.
As part of the Green New Deal, Sanders unveiled a plan to invest $172 billion to upgrade public housing.
Sanders’ new immigration plan would improve protections for workers, stop deportations, and decriminalize border crossings.