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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:58 pm

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Long Hours, Low Pay Push Some Democratic Campaign Workers To Unionize ...

Now, labor organizers are setting their signs bringing those workers into the labor movement at a time when the percentage of U.S. workers who belong to a union is falling steadily.

The newly formed Campaign Workers Guild claims to have helped organize at least a dozen Democratic campaigns and one political consulting firm. ...

One of those campaigns is Erin Murphy's, a Democrat running for governor in Minnesota, the first gubernatorial campaign in the country to unionize.

Aisha Chughtai a field organizer for Murphy, says the job is demanding and doesn't lend itself to a nine-to-five shift. But ever since signing on with the Campaign Workers Guild, she's minding her schedule a bit more closely.

"Now I get a day off every single week where I am not allowed to be in the office. I'm not supposed to be working. And I don't. It's great."

Chughtai is one of six full-time employees on Murphy's campaign who formed the union last month.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:08 pm

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Ohio Democrats Become First State Party To Recognize Campaign Workers Union

The party’s coordinated campaign employees are being represented by the Campaign Workers Guild, which has organized staff on 19 campaigns.


The Ohio Democratic Party voluntarily recognized its midterm-election campaign workers’ labor union on Friday, making it the first state political party in the country with a unionized organizing staff.

Over 90 percent of non-management workers on the state party’s coordinated midterm election team, known as the Campaign for Ohio, signed a letter to the party designating the Campaign Workers Guild as their collective bargaining agent. Of the 42 full-time organizers and regional field directors that the Campaign Workers Guild believes are eligible to unionize, 39 signed the letter.

Faced with near unanimous support for the union from organizing staff across the state, the Ohio Democratic Party recognized the union.

“The Ohio Democratic Party believes in living our Democratic values not just in whom we elect, but in how we operate,” Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper said in a statement. “We support all Ohio workers in their right to come together and make their voices heard in the workplace through the unionization and collective bargaining process.”

The leadership of the party will now begin negotiating with the workers and the guild to address matters such as pay, health insurance, paid time off and sexual harassment policies.


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