Bernie Sanders' campaign becomes the first-ever to unionize

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

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Sanders is set to appear in Henderson, Nevada on Saturday for a campaign rally at 2:30 Morrell Park.

"We can not just support unions with words, we must back it up with actions", Sanders said.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 confirmed Friday that Sanders' campaign workers were the first to win union representation. All campaign employees below the rank of deputy director will be represented by the union, which said the number could grow to more than 1,000 members.

This time around, following reports of sexual harassment and pay disparities on Sanders' last presidential campaign, there will also be added pressure to fortify safeguards against similar mistreatment.

However, his campaign has recently come under scrutiny for alleged instances of sexual harassment by senior staffers during the 2016 campaign.

The union said that by Friday, a majority of the campaign's 44 bargaining-unit-eligible employees had signed union cards.

Mark Federici, Local 400's president, congratulated the socialist senator for "making history" and urged other politicians to follow suit.

"While political campaigns aren't the easiest work environment, every worker has the right to respect and dignity", he said.

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