Nick for Oregon Campaign Voluntarily Recognizes Staff Union

(Portland, Ore.)  Today the Nick for Oregon campaign voluntarily recognized its staff union, which is the first time workers on an Oregon statewide campaign have unionized.

Campaign staff met with gubernatorial candidate Nick Kristof and campaign management today to formally recognize the union and come to an initial agreement to protect workers.

Unionized workers Harry Davidson, Bryce Henshaw, and Patrick McCleery issued the following joint statement: “We are very proud to play a part in this historic moment in Oregon’s labor history. We are also glad to have Nick’s enthusiastic support. With the generous help of Cassidy Butler, president of IUPAT Local 116, we’ve reached an equitable initial agreement with Nick and our campaign, and we look forward to entering collective bargaining with the team.”

In the next several weeks, workers will enter collective bargaining with the campaign and find a union home. The unionized staff, who are non-supervisory and non-director level staff, have already successfully negotiated a number of protections, including health care and transitional pay for all staff on the campaign. Workers are currently in discussion with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5 and Local 116, which supports political, campaign, nonprofit, and allied workers in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.

“As an advocate for unions across our state and nation, I’m thrilled to recognize a staff union in my campaign. I’m proud to announce that Nick for Oregon has become the first statewide campaign to unionize in Oregon,” Kristof said. “My parents were both union members, and so was I, and I know firsthand the importance of organizing for — and winning — strong benefits. Across Oregon, the labor movement is strengthening and growing, as grocery and food workers and medical and campaign staff fight for higher wages and better working conditions. I will always stand with unions because we should demand a fairer economy for us all.”

Kristof has been endorsed by UFCW Local 555, the largest private-sector union in Oregon, representing more than 23,000 workers in Oregon.

Nicholas Kristof with his wife Nick with his dog

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