This is hilarious. Imagine the leverage they have. They could threaten to go on strike a few days before the Iowa caucuses!
From the Washington Examiner:
Competing in the largest primary field in history, 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are affiliating with labor unions and offering lavish benefits to campaign staff to attract talent and bolster their liberal bona fides.
But those employment decisions could spell disaster, leading to profligate spending and inflexible work schedules, handing a major boost to President Trump in the 2020 general election.
Traditionally, presidential campaigns are staffed by young political junkies who operate on little sleep and almost no money, fueled by their idealistic fervor and sustained by the hope that their selfless service could eventually be rewarded with a job in the White House.
In 2020, that is changing as campaign staff demand the type of pay and benefits more associated with 9-to-5 office jobs and commutes to and from suburbia.
Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Julián Castro have all opted to allow their campaign workers to unionize. A fifth candidate, Eric Swalwell, had unionized staff affiliated with Teamsters Local 238 but dropped out, citing financial woes as one of the reasons he ended his campaign.
Even those without unionized employees are spending lavishly. Beto O’Rourke is offering a minimum starting salary for staffers in Iowa of $50,400, with regional field directors banking a minimum of $62,400