Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers

Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers
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Staffers on Andrew YangAndrew YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology 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.

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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 John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE in 2016. 

Staffers on several other campaigns, including those of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities The other reason Democrats want Biden to shun debates The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE, have already unionized.