May 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign staffers affirm union contract

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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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Coronavirus updates: World case count tops 600,000

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that the novel coronavirus pandemic could worsen if people fail to take the appropriate containment measures, at a Saturday news conference in Tokyo.

The big picture: The U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the number of global cases nears 620,000. Governments around the world are trying to curb the medical and financial fallout of COVID-19, as infections surge across Europe and the U.S.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 618,043 — Total deaths: 28,823 — Total recoveries: 135,736.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 11 a.m. ET: 104,865 — Total deaths: 1,709 — Total recoveries: 894.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers economic relief.
  4. State updates: A group of Midwestern swing voters that supported President Trump's handling of the coronavirus less than two weeks ago is balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter. Alaska is latest state to issue stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day. In Spain, over 1,300 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to build ventilators for those affected by COVID-19. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been appointed to enforce the act.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancing.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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