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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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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:13 am

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Ohio Democratic Party in labor dispute with campaign workers

OBJECTCOLUMBUS — The party of organized labor in this state has run into a little labor friction of its own as the Ohio Democratic Party negotiates its first contract with a fledgling union representing about 80 on-the-ground campaign workers.

The Washington-based Campaign Workers Guild sent a letter to county party chairmen to express frustration that state party Chairman David Pepper and Executive Director Greg Beswick haven’t been personally at the table in negotiations and, the party has hired a law firm that tends to financially support Republicans.

The dispute has put the party that usually has the backing of organized labor into the position of management during contract negotiations.

“These are hardworking workers, and it has been easy in the past for this type of worker to get taken advantage of,” Mr. Pepper said. “We’re proud to be the first state party in the nation to recognize the union, and we’re now working through the details.” ...

But the party is quick to point out that the lead attorney on the case, Mike Mentel, is a Democrat and former president of Columbus City Council. The union’s president, Laura Reimers, however, said the lead attorney in negotiations has been Taft attorney Conor Meeks, who the letter described as “a registered Republican who lives in Kentucky and specializes in union avoidance — a polite term for union busting.”


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