This IS a Democratic story of course right now …..
But if successful?
Could turn to the Republicans….
Campaign workers as organized labor…..
The campaign staffer handing out those yard signs, however, is almost certainly not part of a union.
They are likely working around the clock, at below-minimum-wage, in an industry with unpredictable benefits, hiring and firing practices, and procedures for sexual harassment or other discrimination. They may even have to feed volunteers out of their own pockets.
But a new union is trying to change that by organizing campaign workers, forcing a conversation about why Democratic politicians often don’t treat their own workers the way their stump speeches demand workers in other industries be treated.
“The Democratic Party is a champion of labor rights, except where its own laborers are concerned,” reads the sign-on letter for the Campaign Workers Guild. “We sacrifice our health, financial security, and leisure time to support candidates and movements that we hope will make our society more prosperous, equitable, and inclusive. It’s time for our employers to live up to the values they publicly espouse.”
The CWG, which launched in February independently of any larger union, has so far organized 12 campaigns and progressive entities, with the ultimate goal of having a Democratic Party-wide collective bargaining agreement, as well as one for Republicans….