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Sanders champions labor on eve of primary

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. smiles as he speaks during a rally at a local union hall, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Janesville, Wis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders smiles as he speaks during a rally at a local union hall on Monday in Janesville. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders says he’s going to “do everything we can to rebuild the trade unions” in Wisconsin.

Sanders’ statement of support for organized labor came on the eve of the state’s critical Democratic primary and in the wake of laws signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that shut down public unions and made Wisconsin a right-to-work state. Speaking in Janesville, Sanders pledged to be, “Scott Walker in reverse.”

He pledged to rebuild the middle class by opposing trade agreements that he said have cost American jobs and raising the minimum wage to $15.

Janesville took a huge economic hit in 2009 when General Motors closed its massive production plant. Hundreds of UAW workers have since taken jobs at other GM plants.

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