The two leading Democratic presidential contenders met behind closed doors with top union leaders to talk positions and strategy.
Jeb Bush, a boy born to wealth and privilege, lectured last week that Americans should work longer hours.
Retired unionists represent the consistently largest and most-active political constituency - the elderly.
"Bernie realizes that workers' rights in the U.S. remain under attack and near the bottom of the world's democracies."
The June 9 Democratic primary in Virginia ended in a clean sweep for a new labor and community group's roster of candidates.
The meetings are important because the teachers unions are known for their members' political activism, intelligence, credibility, and reach.
The campaign will bring out at least 75 percent of newly-registered voters in for the primary elections in April 2016.
The politicians "are marinated in money" says Steelworkers President Leo Gerard.
Steelworkers are known for their political savvy and impressive organizing around political and economic issues.
A parade of nine presidential hopefuls made their cases before more than 1,000 Fire Fighters.