Steyer campaign reaches tentative union deal with staffers

Steyer campaign reaches tentative union deal with staffers
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Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE’s presidential campaign announced Friday it has reached a tentative union deal with its staffers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2325, just a day before Nevada holds its caucuses.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with IBEW Local 2325 that will benefit our staff. Tom’s strongest and most steadfast partner has always been organized labor,” Heather Hargreaves, Steyer’s campaign manager, said in a statement. 

“Tom knows that unionization is a living, breathing example of democracy at work, and a critical counterweight to the corporate power that has become entrenched in government at all levels," she continued. "He will continue to fight for union workers as president, including by protecting their right to keep their hard-won benefits such as health care plans.” 

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The Steyer campaign first recognized the local IBEW chapter as the exclusive bargaining representative for its campaign staff earlier this month. 

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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE in 2016. 

Unions are expected to play an important role in the nomination race including in states like Nevada, where candidates have actively courted the labor vote.

Staff at several other presidential campaigns, including those of Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president MORE (I-Vt.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic The Intercept's Ryan Grim says Cuomo is winning over critics MORE, have all unionized.

Steyer has worked to cast himself as an ally of unions, saying in his economic plan that he would “support their right to organize for worker protections.”