Democrats Begin Unionizing for 2018

When Randy Bryce’s campaign for Wisconsin’s 1st District was only two staffers deep, one of them told him he was thinking of forming a union.

“There wasn’t really thought involved,” said the Democrat challenging Speaker Paul D. Ryan about allowing his campaign staff to unionize.

Campaign workers who have formed unions hope their organizing can lead to better employee benefits such as higher wages, time off from the grueling campaign grind and better security in cases of sexual harassment.

So far, six congressional campaigns, all for Democratic candidates, have unionized. Besides Bryce, the others are Jess King in Pennsylvania’s 11th District, Brian Flynn in New York’s 19th, Dan Haberman in Michigan’s 11th, Andy Thorburn in California’s 39th and Marie Newman in Illinois’ 3rd.

Read more at Roll Call.