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Tom Winter’s Congressional Staff Unionizes

Tom Winter

I don’t typically run press releases, but this is important news. Campaigns across the country need to realize that they need to walk the walk on labor issues. It’s encouraging to see Winter’s staff are going to craft a collective bargaining agreement that protects staff.

Tom Winter for Montana and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 206 are pleased to announce the employees of the campaign for Montana’s Congressional seat have chosen to be represented by a union.

James Holbrook, Business Manager of IBEW 206, stated “We’re honored the employees chose the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. More and more professional employees like these are joining the IBEW because they realize they can benefit from the gains in healthcare and work conditions our construction, telecom, and utility members have secured. Everybody should have a collective bargaining agreement and a seat at the table, so the employees and the employer have a collaborative approach for success.”

Representative Tom Winter and Congressional candidate stated “I’m a strong supporter of unions and I strongly support my employees right to form a union. The Democratic Party has taken unions for granted for far too long. We need to ensure working people, Democrats & Republicans, have a voice. Unions do that.”

Campaign workers who do the grueling day to day work on races all around the country have been organizing in the last few years. Tom Winter and IBEW 206 will now move forward and collectively bargain a workplace agreement.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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