Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers

Yang campaign recognizes union for its workers
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Staffers on Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll Granting cash payments is a conservative principle 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 John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE in 2016. 

Staffers on several other campaigns, including those of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE, have already unionized.