Bernie Sanders' campaign becomes the first-ever to unionize

Bernie Sanders’ staff unionizes in presidential campaign first

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says the Vermont senator has been treated at a walk-in clinic for a minor injury while campaigning in SC.

"He (Sanders) heads to Nevada this evening and looks forward to his rally in Henderson tomorrow", the statement read.

Sanders, campaigning in SC on Friday, said he was proud of the distinction.

One of the leading Democratic presidential contenders, Vermont Sen.


In the aftermath of 2016, Sanders implemented what he described in January as a robust new reporting structure during his 2018 Senate re-election bid - independent from the campaign - for allegations of sexual harassment and "training for all employees on this issue".

A majority of Sanders' campaign workers signed a union card by Friday, triggering the union's recognition, the union said.

This time around, following reports of sexual harassment and pay disparities on Sanders' last presidential campaign, there will also be added pressure to fortify safeguards against similar mistreatment.

Sanders, 77, announced his candidacy in February and will compete in a crowded field of more than a dozen Democratic challengers seeking the nomination to face the likely Republican candidate - President Donald Trump - in the 2020 election. The union says that all campaign employees below the level of deputy director will be represented by the union and that negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement will begin "as soon as possible".

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