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.
The progressive movement needs to live up to its values. We have to treat our organizers with respect and dignity.https://t.co/Fld2Rh9Xqb
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) February 12, 2018
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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