Sanders Campaign Says Staff Has Decided to Unionize
[quote]Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign announced Friday it will have a unionized workforce, a first for a major party candidate.
“Bernie Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce,” campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement.
The campaign added that employees had decided to unionize through a card check system, in which employees sign authorization slips consenting to being represented by a union.
The campaign workers designated the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them as their exclusive bargaining representative.
The Vermont senator has long cast himself as a staunch advocate for the working class and supporter of labor and union groups.
“Today, we say to low wage employers: Stop paying your workers a living starvation wages,” Sanders said at a rally Thursday in South Carolina. “We are going to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage — $15 an hour. Nobody who works 40 hours a week in this country should live in poverty. And yes. We're going to make it easier for people to join unions, not harder.” [/quote]