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In what seems to be a presidential campaign first, nearly 100 staff members for Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 White House bid ratified a union contract on Wednesday, AP reports.

Details: The contract with United Food and Commercial Workers aims to arm staffers with some minimum standards, noting the long hours and inconsistent workload that is par for the course on the campaign trail. Sanders' staff voted to unionize in March.

Context: The contract comes just 1 day after Sanders’ campaign debuted a 17-page "blueprint" for combatting discrimination and misconduct on his staff. That includes mandatory training, a hotline to report harassment and a fixed pay scale, The Guardian reports.

  • Sanders faced concerns and complaints surrounding his 2016 presidential campaign for the management of workplace inclusion, salary disparity and sexual impropriety.
  • The Vermont senator admitted publicly that the culture of his prior presidential campaign was "too white" and "too male," according to The Guardian.
  • The guidelines released on Tuesday were originally introduced in January, after Sanders met former staff members who claimed they experienced sexual harassment and discrimination on his 2016 campaign. In a letter, the individuals asked to “pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign,” per The Guardian.

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Graham hopes his panel will approve Amy Coney Barrett by late October

Sen. Lindsey Graham during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Saturday he expects confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court to start Oct. 12 and for his panel to approve her by Oct. 26.

Why it matters: That would mean the final confirmation vote could take place on the Senate floor before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in water supply

Characteristics associated with a case of amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri parasites. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Details: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a "do not use" water alert Friday for eight cities, along with the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections centers and the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport. This was later lifted for all places except for Lake Jackson, which issued a disaster declaration Saturday.

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