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Warren for President
For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Warren Campaign and IBEW 2320 Reach CBA Agreement

Charlestown, MA — The Elizabeth Warren for President Campaign and IBEW 2320 reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement on Friday evening. The union negotiators will recommend that the union ratify the contract this week.

“I’m proud that my campaign has reached an equitable agreement with IBEW 2320 and I’m grateful to the bargaining teams for getting us there,” said Elizabeth Warren. “Every worker who wants to join a union, bargain collectively, and make their voice heard should have a chance to do so. IBEW has long fought for the dignity of working people, and we’re proud to be part of that tradition.”

“The members of the IBEW 2320 Bargaining team representing workers from the Warren campaign are pleased to announce, we have reached a tentative agreement with the campaign,” said Steve Soule, Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320. “This revolutionary contract brings together shared values and most importantly fair treatment for campaign workers.  Throughout the negotiation we focused on wages, benefits and working conditions which are the hallmark for every working person in the United States today. We were pleased to find a partner at the table that recognized those key issues. We will move for a ratification vote early in the upcoming week, again I want to thank the members of the bargaining team for their dedication to this process.

Details of the agreement are as follows:
The base compensation for organizers on the campaign is $4,175 a month. This includes a base travel stipend and a monthly cell phone stipend, that all members of the union will also receive. Organizers will work 60 hours a week with a guarantee of one day off per week. They will have 15 paid vacation days and paid holidays. Health care benefits remain as they have been for the entire campaign: the campaign pays 100 percent of health care.


Bernie 2020

March 15, 2019
Sarah Ford
Arianna Jones

NEWS: Bernie 2020 is First Presidential Campaign in History to Unionize

WASHINGTON -- Bernie 2020 announced today that it will be the first major party presidential campaign in history to have a unionized workforce. In the past week, a majority of the campaign’s bargaining unit employees designated the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them as their exclusive bargaining representative.

“Bernie Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce,” said Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir.

The campaign recognized a card check system to indicate support for the union and did not require an election. This is the model Sen. Sanders has advocated for decades to be applied to unionizing efforts everywhere.


Bernie 2020
May 8, 2019

NEWS: Bernie 2020 Ratifies First Presidential Campaign Union Contract

WASHINGTON -- Bernie 2020 announced today that the bargaining unit of the campaign has reached an agreement with management and ratified the first union contract for a presidential campaign in U.S. history. The move comes a day after the campaign unveiled sweeping new guidelines to combat sexual misconduct and discrimination and just two months after a majority of the campaign’s bargaining unit employees designated the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 to represent them as their exclusive bargaining representative. 

“We are proud of our workers and proud to uphold Bernie's commitment to collective bargaining rights and a strong labor movement,” said Faiz Shakir, campaign manager. “Together, we have achieved some of the strongest standards for campaign workers in history and set the bar higher for the next generation of campaigners. When Bernie Sanders is in the White House, he will make it easier not harder to join a union and we look forward to running a campaign powered by union workers.”

The contract sets unprecedented standards for campaign workers, including:

  • Pay transparency and a pay equity review process for employees that protects their right to request a review without discrimination, discipline, or being discharged by management
  • Clearly defined wage scale with opportunity to earn performance raises
  • Broad coverage for mental health care services 
  • Safe, adequate standards for supporter housing and field offices
  • An expedient, pro-worker grievance and arbitration process
  • Robust anti-discrimination policy and comprehensive protections for immigrant and transgender workers
  • Labor committees of union members to address ongoing working conditions and other issues with management