Staffers at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Tuesday voted to unionize and join with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500.
“We are incredibly excited to join SEIU Local 500 to live our Democratic values at our workplace,” DNC staffer and union leader Alison Goh said in a statement. “Throughout this process, our aim has been not only to improve the lives of current and future staff at the DNC, but to ensure our staff, no matter where they live, are protected and given the resources they need to thrive in their careers and succeed in our mission to elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”
“As we work on our first contract with management, we thank Chair [Jaime] Harrison and DNC leadership for their vocal support of collective bargaining rights both inside and outside of the DNC Headquarters – now, let's get to work.”
The vote was finalized by former Rep. Donna EdwardsDonna F. EdwardsFormer Maryland rep announces bid for old House seat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Democrats eye same plays hoping for better results DNC staff votes to unionize MORE (D-Md.), who served as an independent neutral observer selected by both DNC staff and management.
The vote will now allow the union and DNC leadership to start contract negotiations.
“The DNC is strong and only getting stronger because of our smart, diverse, and resilient staff,” said DNC Executive Director Sam Cornale. “Today, the DNC is proud to voluntarily recognize SEIU Local 500 after a majority of DNC employees expressed their desire for union representation in a mutually agreed-upon bargaining unit. The DNC looks forward to meeting with Local 500 and our employee representatives to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement in the near future.”
The DNC said SEIU Local 500 is the fastest-growing union in greater Washington, D.C., and represents employees of several nonprofits in the area. The group said the process had been “collegial, efficient, and productive.”
The change in the group could influence how other party arms and campaigns approach similar efforts across the country.
The unionization effort at the DNC is one of the largest yet to take place within Democratic politics, following similar moves at various campaigns and consulting firms. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — No SALT, and maybe no deal Menendez goes after Sanders over SALT comments It's time for the Senate to vote: Americans have a right to know where their senators stand MORE (I-Vt.) in 2019 became the first major-party presidential candidate to have a unionized campaign staff, and the campaigns of Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOver 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation Kelly pushes back on Arizona Democrats' move to censure Sinema Fiscal conservatives should support postal reform MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed-up child tax credit into spending deal Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over Small ranchers say Biden letting them get squeezed MORE (D-N.J.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro soon followed suit.
Discussions over the DNC’s unionization effort started in late 2020, after President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE’s win in that year’s White House race.