In a groundbreaking development, Bernie Sanders campaign workers — now proud UFCW Local 400 union members — have ratified the first collective bargaining agreement by a presidential campaign. In taking this historic step forward, the union reported, the workers are also revolutionizing the nature of presidential campaign work, which has traditionally been known for its 24/7 demands and difficult working conditions. “What this union pulled off will change the way presidential campaigns are run in this country,” said Bianca Márquez, a member of the campaign’s digital team. “I congratulate our members on the Bernie Sanders campaign for making their own revolution,” said Local 400 President Mark Federici. The contract sets new standards for the field, doing so in a way the union says will dramatically improve campaign workers’ quality of life without hindering the Bernie 2020 campaign’s ability to compete for votes and delegates. The contract establishes a clear but flexible workweek, as well as days off each month, breaks throughout the day, as well as mandatory time off between particularly long shifts. Other contract highlights include setting clearly defined wages and benefits, coverage of 100 percent of health care premiums for field organizers and $20/hour and full medical benefits for interns. “And in keeping with Senator Sanders’ emphasis on fighting income inequality,” said Local 400, “the contract puts a cap on management pay proportional to union employees’ salaries.” Read more here.
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