Biden campaign says it would 'welcome' staff unionizing

Biden campaign says it would 'welcome' staff unionizing
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition MORE's presidential campaign says he would “welcome it” if campaign staff formed a union, but said the campaign aims to offer good enough pay and benefits to make it unnecessary, according to The Associated Press.

“We are confident that the work environment, pay and benefits will meet the standards that a union would normally have to bargain for,” Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo told the AP. “But, of course, if staff decided they wanted to unionize, the vice president would welcome it.”

Ducklo told the news service the campaign would pay a minimum wage of $15 and offer health insurance.

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Biden, who formally announced his third presidential campaign on April 25, has touted his labor bona fides on the campaign trail, calling himself a “union man."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE lashed out last week at the International Association of Fire Fighters for endorsing the former vice president.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign became the first to officially unionize this week after announcing the formation of the union earlier this year.

“We are proud of our workers and proud to uphold Bernie's commitment to collective bargaining rights and a strong labor movement,” said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. “Together, we have achieved some of the strongest standards for campaign workers in history and set the bar higher for the next generation of campaigners.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellCampaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE (D-Calif.) said last month his presidential campaign had also unionized, although it was unclear whether the campaign had struck a deal. “We are recognizing them as members of the Teamsters Local 238,” Swalwell said April 10 during a speech at North America's Building Trades Unions' annual conference.