Booker campaign staffers unionize

Booker campaign staffers unionize
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Approximately 60 staffers on Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs 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 SandersBiden wins Louisiana primary Oh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution MORE (D-Mass.) have also unionized.