The president of a California union representing health care workers said members will picket outside Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s upcoming fundraiser in Los Angeles set to be held at the home of a director of the Kaiser Foundation.
HuffPost reported Tuesday that the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), an Oakland-based union representing more than 3,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in the state, will hold an informal picket outside Biden’s Wednesday event.
The union has battled Kaiser for years over staffing levels in California clinics, according to HuffPost, and is reportedly pressuring Biden’s campaign to side with union workers over his donors. The former vice president defended unions in recent days after criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE over several unions’ endorsement of Biden’s campaign.
“He should take our side in this dispute,” union president Sal Rosselli told HuffPost. “I think he should walk. He should cancel it.”
Biden’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment. The union has staged multiple protests in recent weeks at Kaiser’s headquarters in California, accusing the company of unfairly cutting jobs in northern California.
Rosselli’s union endorsed Biden’s closest rival in the 2020 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), during Sanders’ 2016 run for president. Rosselli told HuffPost that Biden should refuse contributions from Kaiser executives until the union dispute is resolved.
“I think he should step up and get a commitment,” Rosselli said.
Biden, who launched his campaign officially last month, currently sits at the top of most polls and has established a comfortable lead over Sanders, the only other contender in the crowded Democratic field regularly pulling double-digit support in surveys of early primary states.
He faced criticism from Sanders’ campaign last month following his launch and subsequent fundraiser at the home of Comcast executive president David Cohen.
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