Bernie Sanders’ Staff Forms First-Ever Union For Presidential Campaign Workers

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has become the first major party presidential campaign to unionize. The campaign announced Friday that it had voluntarily recognized a bargaining unit organized with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

The news comes amid a budding movement to organize campaign workers in the notoriously tough working environment that is the campaign trail. The 2018 midterm elections saw the first congressional campaigns and party committees to have unionized workforces

The group leading the charge, the Campaign Workers Guild, has organized 24 political campaigns since its 2018 launch ― although it was not the guild that succeeded in unionizing Sanders’ campaign.

“Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House, and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first [major presidential campaign] to have a unionized workforce,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager.

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