Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers

Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers
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Staffers on Andrew YangAndrew YangBill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' Progressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths Andrew Yang weighs in on Dave Chappelle: Artists should get 'wide berth' for self-expression MORE’s presidential bid announced Thursday they are unionizing, a move the campaign management said it is recognizing.

The announcement came after staffers in Iowa and Nevada, two crucial early caucus states, signed cards with the Campaign Workers Guild (CWG).

“Today marks a victory not only for our workers, but for campaign staff across the country asking for improved labor provisions, asking for appreciation as a collective whole and asking for a chance to be recognized as more than simply an employee,” said Chad Comey, a Yang campaign field organizer and CWG member.


The campaign welcomed the staffers’ move, saying it is “excited” to ensure that “employees’ voices are heard.” 

“Andrew Yang is a strong believer in the rights of employees to come together and have a voice in their workplaces,” said campaign chief Nick Ryan. “He believes that those rights are the cornerstone of an economy that puts humanity first, and that we need to rewrite the rules of the 21st century to ensure that those rules are strengthened and protected.”

“Our campaign is excited to be able to live our values,” Ryan continued. 

Yang, an entrepreneur, has cast himself as a strong ally of labor groups as he centers his campaign around the threats posed to workers by mechanization.

His campaign released a plan last year that says Yang would, among other things, defend the collective bargaining rights of workers and enable the National Labor Relations Board to fine companies that illegally obstruct union formation.  

Democratic presidential candidates have put a premium on gaining support from labor groups as the party works to win back working-class voters who traditionally vote for Democrats, but flipped to President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE in 2016. 

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