Democrats have always claimed to love unions, all unions, any unions, but, in that typically hypocritical Democrat fashion, when it comes to unionizing their own groups… well, suddenly the idea of organizing employees is not so wonderful.
According to NBC News, a new group is trying to organize the lowly volunteers and workers on political campaigns but so-called “progressive” liberals are trying to torpedo the effort before it even gets started.
NBC published “Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers” on April 15 to slam liberals who espouse their love of unions even as they work to kill an effort to force political campaigns to pay a “living wage” to campaign workers.
Of course, the idea is stupid. If successful, unionizing campaign workers would add millions to the costs of running for office and bring even more money — not less — into the game of politics.
For the most part, campaign staffers work for little to no compensation. Most volunteer their time to get their favorite candidate into office and their work is generally considered all “for the cause.”
But now a new group calling itself the Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) is attempting to create a new union for political campaigns of all stripes, not just for Democrats.
According to the CWG’s website, the group wants to “improve working conditions” for campaign workers.
We are campaign workers from across the United States who are committed to improving our work conditions, empowering organizers, and promoting healthy career longevity. We regularly work more than ten hours a day, seven days a week for low pay, often without health coverage. We usually don’t get sick days, much less a day off — and we’re fed up.
To be clear, we are done with candidates disrespecting the workers who put them in office. We are improving pay, creating processes to prevent and report sexual harassment, and fighting for the basic labor protections that all workers deserve.
Only when our work is fairly compensated, our experience properly valued, and our rights adequately protected will our mission be complete.
Yet, NBC found that Democrats are not very interested in this idea despite the left’s claim that unions are an indispensible part of the workplace.
“While the CWG declined to say how many campaigns they’ve tried to unionize or discuss ongoing efforts, they acknowledged encountering resistance from progressive candidates and organizations,” NBC said in its report.
NBC also noted that the Democrat Party in Washington DC has remained mostly silent on the unionization effort.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D, MN), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, seems to be the only national Democrat to say much about the effort, but he did so only in a glancing way by insisting the Democrats should “live up to” their progressive “values.”
Interestingly, NBC also found that even as the Democrat National Committee recently began paying its interns, it is Republicans who are far more likely to pay interns than Democrats.
NBC did find that two state Democrat parties have unionized its campaigns:
“We consider unionizing our staff to be practicing what we preach,” said Conor Casey, the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, which unionized late last year. “How could we fight for universal healthcare and a livable wage if we’re denying our own employees the right to organize?”
Vermont was the first state party in the country to unionize, and was quickly followed Idaho, though the efforts were separate and each party is affiliated with a different union.
“By professionalizing our teams and rewarding longevity, we hope to keep a seasoned staff with several election cycles under their belts,” Casey said.
NBC next happily noted that unions are reaching “beyond their traditional industries.” But, the truth is, despite NBC’s sunny optimism, unions are still declining overall, not growing.
A few years ago, Forbes magazine noted that “In 2013 the unionized workforce in America hit a 97 year low. Only 11.3% of all workers were unionized.” By 2016 that number had fallen to 6.4 percent, America magazine reported.
The decline in unionism may also have contributed to Donald Trump’s narrow win in some of those formerly deep blue states that were once ruled with an iron fist by unions. According to Daily Signal, the relative weakness of unions allowed many union members to vote their consciences for Trump instead of being browbeaten into supporting Hillary to please union bosses.
Now, this far from the first time liberals have worked to prevent their own from organizing.
To name a few examples, back in 2010, the United Federation of Teachers, America’s biggest teachers union, fired one of its own employees because he was trying to organize a union at UFT headquarters.
That’s right, a union fired an employee for trying to organize a union!
A similar thing occurred in 2015 at the United Food & Commercial Workers International that employed non-union employees at its offices but got all tweaked when those employees tried to organize.
In any case, the new union is undaunted. A representative of the CWG insistd that if a candidate can’t pay staffers a “living wage,” then he shouldn’t be a candidate at all.
“Signing a collective bargaining agreement doesn’t have to be expensive,” CWG vice president Meg Riley told NBC. “If you cannot pay your workers a living wage, you shouldn’t have any. You should not be a candidate.”
Naturally, liberals are desperately trying to avoid the elephant in the room. For years– especially with the Bernie Sanders campaign — Democrats have been railing about trying to “get money out of politics.” But if campaign workers are unionized, that can only drive the costs of running for office higher than ever meaning that even more money will have to be pumped into politics to satisfy union demands.
The expensive idea of unionizing campaign staffers will do nothing but make politics worse.