As the media focuses on President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s struggles ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, internal turmoil is brewing within the Democratic Party.
NBC News published an article on the unionization push by the progressive and socialist wing of the party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats.
Campaign workers are either volunteer or underpaid and face unstable working conditions and living conditions, according to sources cited by NBC News. Sanders is pushing for campaign workers to unionize to gain better housing options and better pay, but there is pushback from others in the Democratic Party.
The major issue here, mentioned in the article, is that not all campaigns are flush with cash to pay unionized workers and provide better pay and housing options. The article concluded:
Still, early struggles foreshadow bigger ones to come.
When workers on one self-proclaimed progressive’s congressional campaign decided to unionize, they ran into “classic union busting” tactics, according a former staffer, who asked that he and the campaign remain anonymous for fear of jeopardizing future job prospects.
After initially agreeing the sign the deal, campaign officials dragged their feet, the worker said, and then kicked the unionizing workers out of the office, forcing them to work remotely and call ahead before picking up campaign material.
Campaign officials denied that was related to the union organizing drive, according to the staffer and internal emails shared with NBC News. A campaign official did not respond to a request for comment.