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Biden would back unionized campaign staff

Joe Biden Holds Campaign Event In South Carolina
Posted at 9:59 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 13:34:04-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden would support his campaign aides if they wanted to organize a union.

That's according to a spokesman who adds that the campaign's pay and benefits already offer what an organized labor unit might seek at the negotiating table.

Biden kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign at a union hall in Pittsburgh declaring himself "a union man."

Biden's campaign says it sets a $15-an-hour minimum wage, which the candidate calls for nationally. The campaign also offers health insurance at premium rates it describes as competitive, and the Biden aide said the campaign leaders are committed to a workplace free from harassment and bullying.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign staff of about 100 workers announced this week that it has organized into a bargaining unit, a first.