BREAKING: @BernieSanders workers have become the first presidential campaign staff in U.S. history to ratify a union contract. Read the full story: https://t.co/fcvMTfj0f7 (1/6) pic.twitter.com/FXh5FZc7fk
— UFCW Local 400 (@UFCW400) May 8, 2019
The contract, says UFCW Local 400, does a number of things.
- field workers with paid healthcare premiums;
- interns a $20/hour rate and medical benefits;
- overtime pay for hourly employees;
- coverage for mental healthcare services;
- a pay cap on management pay;
- pay transparency;
- a pay equity review process; and
- and anti-discrimination provisions.
Such protections are especially important given the nature of campaign work, said Local 400 president Mark P. Federici.
“Political campaigns are cause-driven and because there is always more work that can be done, staffers are typically worked to the bone,” said Federici, who suggested other presidential campaigns take a cue from the Sanders team.
“First, Senator Sanders walked the talk on unions, agreeing to a truly democratic process—neutrality and card check—that every responsible employer should embrace. And then, the campaign engaged in good faith bargaining, recognizing that it’s in their own interest to have well-treated employees empowered to operate at the top of their games,” he added. “I urge every other campaign to follow their lead.”
Krista Harness, a staffer who served on the bargaining committee that led negotiations on behalf of the union, said, “I am so proud to be taking this historical step of becoming the first-ever presidential campaign with a unionized workforce.”
Unions are my family. I have worked with them my entire life, and I am incredibly proud this campaign will be powered by union workers.
When unions are strong, the middle class is strong. Together, we are going to rebuild the labor movement in America. https://t.co/fsc9d1WZBP
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 8, 2019
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