Booker campaign staffers unionize

Booker campaign staffers unionize
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Approximately 60 staffers on Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men Amazon doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers MORE's (D-N.J.) 2020 presidential campaign have unionized. 

The nonmanagement, nonsupervisory workers chose Teamsters Local 238 to represent them, according to a Tuesday statement. 

“Like many working men and women in the U.S. the staff of political campaigns experience pressures on the job and like all workers in America, these campaign staffers deserve to have a strong voice on the job,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in the statement. “The Teamsters Union has a proven record when it comes to delivering on strong contracts for all of our members.”

Booker's campaign said in a Tuesday statement that it voluntarily recognized the union.

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“I’m thrilled that the Teamsters have earned majority support to serve as our campaign workers’ union representatives,” said campaign manager Addisu Demissie in the statement.

"Cory Booker has a longstanding relationship with the Teamsters and organized labor and we share common goals, like rewarding hard work with a living wage and good benefits," Demissie added. "We are proud to become a unionized campaign and celebrate this step forward together."

Over the next few weeks, Booker's campaign will work on a collective bargaining agreement, according to the campaign's statement. 

The Teamsters said in their statement that they "applaud" Booker for recognizing the union. 

Employees of other 2020 presidential campaigns, including those for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.) have also unionized.