Sen. Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally Saturday at the cozy SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Hall in Concord, NH, which left some people wondering as they left: Why did he choose this place?
The venue was small and left very little in the form of free space. The room looked older and did not have many electrical plugs for the cameras. Many journalists were maneuvering around people to try and get the best shot.
In short, the event wasn’t the best but shows that no matter how much Sanders’ support grows, he’s trying to stay close to the root values of what got him popular.
Sanders has been fighting for the rights of unions for most of his political life. He was first elected to Congress in 1991 and his record shows hehas been staunchly pro-union. He boasts a AFL-CIO rating of 98 per cent, tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the highest in the 2020 race.
Back in 1992, Sanders introduced a bill that would grant federal employees the same labour rights as workers in the private sector.
Since 2015, Sanders has been pushing for a $15 minimum wage for all workers. Since then, many other candidates have decided to adopt this same policy.
Last year, Sanders’ campaign was the first presidential campaign to unionize. It was an unusual step but one that was followed quickly by other parties.
In November 2019, Sanders was in New Hampshire he completed a New Hampshire Worker Appreciation Tour that includes a Labour Solidarity Dinner and Dance that included workers from over 62 different labour unions.
The next month, Sanders went back to New Hampshire to help rally with local workers who want improved wages and a fair contract. It was a part of Sanders three-day End Corporate Greed Tour in the state.
Sanders has had a connection to the state and its unions for a very long time so he is trying to maintain those connections as he works himself towards the Democratic nomination and some much larger stages.