February 19, 2018
Campaign Workers Guild Wins Third Major Collective Bargaining Agreement
SILVER SPRING, MD. — Just a week after organizers with the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign became the nation’s only current electoral campaign staff union, the Campaign Workers Guild on Monday continued building power and won its third major collective bargaining agreement with Chris Wilhelm, a progressive candidate for Montgomery County Council. The contract was unanimously ratified by Chris Wilhelm for County Council workers, and added major momentum to the new national labor union’s push to organize and represent every professional campaign staff member in the country.
“Campaign workers for the Chris Wilhelm for County Council campaign now have a grievance procedure and the right to progressive discipline, which would have been unheard of in the campaign world just a week ago,” said Meg Reilly, spokeswoman for the Campaign Workers Guild. “The fact that workers on races from County Councils to Congress have unionized is a testament to how universal this movement is. Campaign workers across the country are standing up for fair and safe working conditions.”
“Democratic campaign workers are drawn to the industry because of our desire to help working people and there is no better way to support working people than joining a union. There is no limit to what can be achieved through solidarity,” said Brian Wivell, Field Director at Chris Wilhelm for County Council and new member of the CWG.
The Campaign Workers Guild is a new independent national union representing non-management workers on electoral and issue-based campaigns.