ICYMI: Democrats love unions; Just not for their own campaign workers
Des Moines, IA – Democrats are no stranger to labeling themselves as champions for labor unions. But a new group is now openly pushing back, asking Democrats to stop merely paying lip service. Campaign Workers Guild is forming new unions for Democrat campaigns, asking candidates to put their money where their mouth is and unionize. Just last week, Cathy Glasson’s campaign announced they would be the first campaign to unionize in Iowa.
But Fred Hubbell, John Norris, and Nate Boulton – who are quick to talk about collective bargaining and wear labor issues on their sleeve – haven’t said a word about whether they will follow suit and unionize. For their campaigns, is this another case of acting as a “champion of labor rights, except where its own laborers are concerned?”
From NBC News
“Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers.”
April 15, 2018
WASHINGTON — If you look closely at the bottom of virtually every yard sign, postcard or door-hanger distributed by any Democratic campaign, you’ll find a symbolic commitment to organized labor — a small seal certifying that it was printed by union workers.
The campaign staffer handing out those yard signs, however, is almost certainly not part of a union.
They are likely working around the clock, at below-minimum-wage, in an industry with unpredictable benefits, hiring and firing practices, and procedures for sexual harassment or other discrimination. They may even have to feed volunteers out of their own pockets.
But a new union is trying to change that by organizing campaign workers, forcing a conversation about why Democratic politicians often don’t treat their own workers the way their stump speeches demand workers in other industries be treated.
“The Democratic Party is a champion of labor rights, except where its own laborers are concerned,” reads the sign-on letter for the Campaign Workers Guild. “We sacrifice our health, financial security, and leisure time to support candidates and movements that we hope will make our society more prosperous, equitable, and inclusive. It’s time for our employers to live up to the values they publicly espouse.”
The CWG, which launched in February independently of any larger union, has so far organized 12 campaigns and progressive entities, with the ultimate goal of having a Democratic Party-wide collective bargaining agreement, as well as one for Republicans.
While the CWG declined to say how many campaigns they’ve tried to unionize or discuss ongoing efforts, they acknowledged encountering resistance from progressive candidates and organizations.
View the release online here.