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    Elizabeth Warren's campaign staff is unionizing. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 June 2019

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren endorsed the unionization of her campaign staff following Bernie Sanders and Eric Swallell. 

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren Thursday endorsed her campaign staff’s decision to unionize, an expected move from the United States Senator from Massachusetts who has made workers’ rights a major part of her 2020 platform.

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The staunchly pro-labor senator joins three other Democratic presidential candidates - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, U.S. Representative Eric Swallwell of California and former U.S. housing secretary Julian Castro of Texas - in supporting their respective campaign workers’ decision to join a union.

Bernie's campaign will pay the full health insurance premiums of staffers paid under US$36,000. It also limited the salaries for top campaign officials so that no one will be paid more than three times the highest paid worker within the bargaining unit, but this excludes outside consultants.

“My campaign has submitted their support to join @IBEW 2320. Every worker who wants to join a union, bargain collectively, & make their voice heard should have a chance to do so. The labor movement has long fought for the dignity of working people, & we’re proud to be part of it,” Warren tweeted Thursday.

The campaign workers will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2320, based in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Warren has built up the largest campaign staff among her 23 other Democratic rivals, spending more than US$1 million in the first three months of the year and employing 161 people, according to first-quarter campaign finance reports.

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