Thousands of campaigns around the country are running this year on a promise to improve the lives of the American worker. And just a handful of them are using the campaign to improve the lives of their own workers.
The Campaign Workers Guild is a new effort to “unionize” the people who make campaigns run on the ground. It contracts to provide workplace perks like paid sick days, reimbursements and harassment reporting procedures — office basics that are, nonetheless, virtually unheard of in normal campaign jobs.
One reason why campaigns don’t traditionally offer basic workplace protections is simple: low overhead means more money for campaign ads. But the CWG says that calculation needs to change if candidates want to keep campaign workers from burning out.
So how does this work in an actual campaign? VICE News traveled to Texas to meet the unionized staff of progressive congressional candidate Democrat Laura Moser and see it in real time.
This segment originally aired May 22, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.