In a first for a presidential election, Bernie Sanders campaign staff unionizes
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Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign is recognizing a union of its staff, a first in the history of U.S. presidential campaigns.
“We’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in an emailed statement.
The campaign agreed to recognize the union, a local of the United Food and Commercial Workers, after a majority of staff signed cards over the past week. Sanders campaign
management did not oppose the organizing efforts, according to the union.
“We expect this will mean pay parity and transparency on the campaign, with no gender bias or harassment, and equal treatment for every worker, whether they’re in Washington, D.C.,
Iowa, New Hampshire or anywhere else,” UFCW Local 400 President Mark P. Federici said in an emailed statement.
seems unnessicary given how short term the job is but the optics are good
weird flex but okay
This is cool and good.
Tomorrow, Bernie campaign staff on strike for unfair work hours and wages.
seems like a decent enough move to recognize it. Shows he's in favor of workers getting their fair share, 'cause if he wasn't his campaign would be the last place he'd allow it.
Pretty clever publicity stunt to show support for unions imho.
Obviously these guys won't ever strike.
Imagine a future where every "volunteer" for a campaign, regardless of the candidate/party, was a part of a large general elections union. Setting universal standards for campaign workers like pay, hours, conduct, etc. would be good. It would also give the candidates a rough idea of the amount of available workers and cost of the campaign.
I feel like this would be difficult because the jobs just don't really exist for very long at a time.
Now that I think about this, it would make for a great long term organization for democrats to provide campaign infrastructure with. you have an organization that can just come in with turn key support for campaigns.
It would be seasonal/contract work similar to construction. Construction jobs pop up based on economic decisions and are highly spotty, while the election cycle is pretty regular.While I don't think it should be a full time career (which bars regular people from participating), having a registered regular group of people trained to work polls, identify fraud, assist with voter registration etc. would be nice.
I will also say having looked at volunteering for campaigns and government elections, the amount of free labor they want you to do is unreasonable. Work about 8 hours on election day to make $50 sucks when you have to provide your own transportation and attend several hours of training beforehand on all the stuff I mentioned. You won't attract top talent to work in this area unless you bribe them with political favors if your candidate wins, which is shady and typically reserved for already-established friends of the candidate.
Actually, you could take a Guild model instead, like the Writer's Guild or Actor's Guild which have standarized rules but they're based on contracts and etc.
the only problem with the guild model is that campaigns tend to have a large gap between them, even with a presidential campaign kicking off 2 years into a term they still don't get hiring and staffing up till the end of the 3rd year. Senate campaigns are even worse because its every 6 years and not all of their campaign people can stay on as congressional aids or staff.
Regardless of what practical purpose this serves, I think it serves as a great reminder of what Bernie stands for and looks good to the average worker.
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