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Congressman Joe Kennedy III’s Senate Campaign Staff Unionizes With The IBEW

Published Monday, June 1, 2020
by Stephanie Murray/Politico
Congressman Joe Kennedy III’s Senate Campaign Staff Unionizes With The IBEW

(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III's Senate Campaign Staff has Unionized, becoming the newest Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103.

IBEW Local 103 was an early backer of Kennedy's Primary Campaign against U.S. Senator Ed Markey.  IBEW Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis announced the Union's endorsement in October, a few weeks after Kennedy entered the race.

Negotiations between Kennedy’s Staff and campaign management took three business days and Kennedy offered voluntary Union Recognition, according to his campaign.

The Union Contract includes "substantial wage boosts for staff, one-hundred-percent health care coverage and significant paid time off," Kennedy's campaign says, touting it as "one of the most progressive campaign contracts to date."

"The right to Unionize and collectively bargain is sacred in this country,” Kennedy said in a statement. "IBEW Local 103 sets the gold standard when it comes to fighting for economic fairness for every American Worker and I could not be prouder to formalize our affiliation with them."

The choice to Unionize by the Kennedy Campaign Staff comes about a month after Markey's Campaign Staff joined Teamsters Local 122, marking the first time a Statewide Campaign Staff had Unionized in Massachusetts.

Unionizing has become popular among Campaign Staff in recent election cycles – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Campaign Staff was one of several to Unionize during the Democratic Primary.

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