Unionized field organizers working for Joe Biden’s campaign have ratified a contract with his campaign, officials announced Monday, setting the stage for the first time a major party’s apparent presidential nominee will employ unionized workers under a collective bargaining agreement.
The Biden campaign and Teamsters Local 238 announced the agreement in a joint statement. The union’s secretary-treasurer, Jesse Case, said it “includes overtime pay for all hours worked after 40 in a week, 100 percent employer-paid health insurance, a six-day work week, a union grievance procedure and other protections afforded by a union contract.”
A union workplace should be a requirement for any candidate who wants support from organized labor. Campaigns are extremely high-stress workplaces and there’s a long history of abuse on them. Luckily, most Democrats seem to have acquiesced to this over the past couple of years and Biden, certainly no one’s idea of a policy leader on the left, doing so is a sign that this is pretty well a mainstream policy now.