Campaign Workers Unionize Just in Time for Midterm Elections


This is one of the best stories I’ve read in a while.

How one will do this should be interesting. Campaign work is a weird, amorphous thing. It is often very short term. It’s not exactly a GM assembly line. It is also a professional line of work. Professionals, as my old astronomy professor from Yugoslavia used to say, don’t unionize.

(From Bloomberg)

The CWG’s effort is a first for congressional campaigns, which are staffed largely by contract and short-term workers operating in what are often high-pressure work environments.

“There’s no question that it’s exploitative work,” said Rutgers University labor studies professor Janice Fine, who’s worked on local and national election campaigns. “It’s premised on the idea that young people will work 24-7 in a selfless — and often dangerously selfless — way, and that culture has been passed on for generations.”

Yes, that is correct. One is paid by opportunity and experience. It is a place where hustle is the standard – if one wants to survive. That’s the deal. And it’s not lifetime work.

CWG’s Reilly said the national Democratic Party will ultimately benefit from campaign workers who don’t burn out and instead benefit from a sustainable career. “We’re simply fed up with that argument that we should sacrifice our health, our well-being, our time with our family, in order to placate the concerns of candidates,” she said.

Here’s an idea. How about you go into another line of work?

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