Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders announces his entry into the 2020 Democratic field for presidency.
WASHINGTON – Worker at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders & # 39; campaign voted in favor of union vote Friday, making it possibly the first presidential campaign staff in history to organize.
A majority of Democrat employees signed a union membership, meaning that all present and future employees would be part of the better pay and performance negotiation process. The workers, all under the title of Deputy Director, are represented by United 400 (United Food and Commercial Workers Union, UFCW) Local 400, which represents approximately 35,000 employees in six states and the District of Columbia.
UFCW spokesman Jonathan Williams said he knew that the Sanders campaign was the first to come together in history and marked a new path that could be used for campaigns for years to come.
"Joining a union is always now," said Williams. "High standards of work should be the norm, and I would certainly call on any presidential campaign to pay attention to the leadership shown by Bernie Sanders' campaign."
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Williams said the next steps are for the workers to start negotiations. Something, he said, would very soon happen to be a campaign. The UFCW said the agreement could grow to over 1,000 workers in the Sanders 2020 campaign. Workers who move to the White House should Sanders win, would not be union members.
"I hope this breakthrough serves as a model for other presidential campaigns as well as party committees and candidates for other ministries." Local 400 President Mark Federici said in a statement. "While political campaigns are not the simplest working environment, every worker has the right to respect and dignity."
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Sanders apologized in January after several women claimed that allegations of sexual assault during his election campaign during his 2016 candidacy were not adequately addressed.
The allegations of several women involved in Sanders 'campaign surfaced in The New York Times, which criticized Sanders' campaign for inappropriate incidents of sexual harassment, sexist abuse, and inequalities between men and women to treat.
Sen. Bernie Sanders outlined the principles of the government during its first presidential campaign, which took place in Brooklyn.
At CNN, Sanders apologized for "any woman who feels treated inappropriately". When asked if he was aware of the complaints, Sanders said, "I was a bit busy running around the country trying to present the case (to be elected president)."
The allegations and his alleged failure to correct the problems make female campaign workers question whether he can fight for women's interests if he seeks to re-elect the presidency.
"I will not sit here I tell you that in terms of human resources, we have done everything right in terms of the needs that I now hear, that women do not feel respected and that there is sexual harassment that is not treated as effectively as possible. "Sanders said on CNN.
The UFCW said Sanders The campaign remained in the union process neutral. Sanders & Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir wrote on Twitter that the campaign was "very proud" of the union's efforts.
"Bernie Sander is the candidate for the union in this area, he will be the president with the most unions in the White House and we are honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce." Shakir said.
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