Campaign workers for Bernie Sanders’s 2020 Democratic campaign have unionized, becoming the first presidential campaign workers in history to do so.
The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 confirmed Friday, March 15, that Sanders’s campaign workers were the first to win union representation.
UFCW Local 400 President Mark P. Federici said he expects the decision will mean that Sanders’s campaign workers have pay parity and transparency, as well as no gender bias and harassment.
Earlier this year, Sanders apologized to female staffers on his 2016 campaign who said they experienced sexual harassment from male staffers. The New York Times reported allegations of unwanted sexual advances, as well as pay inequity.
Sanders’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir said the Vermont senator is honored to be the first presidential candidate with a unionized workforce.