Democratic Campaigns Just Unionized

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

A number of Democratic congressional campaigns are banding together with a new union whose mission is to unite campaign staffers across the nation.

The Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) announced a deal Monday with Democrat Randy Bryce’s campaign — the Wisconsin challenger of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan — that would ensure campaign staffers get paid time off and at least $3,000 per month. The contract also includes a $500 reimbursement for health insurance and a system of reporting sexual harassment claims.

The deal marks the first of its kind in a midterm election cycle.

CWG is also reportedly in talks with other congressional campaigns and one gubernatorial campaign. The group’s ultimate goal is to have a collective bargaining agreement that would include every local, state and federal campaign and other progressive ballot initiatives, like the Fight for $15 movement.

Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, tweeted Tuesday that progressives need to treat their organizers and staffers with “respect and dignity.” Ellison included in his tweet a link to an open letter from CWG, which includes the group’s mission statement.

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