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Campaign Workers, Unite! There is Power in a Union (with Meg Reilly of Campaign Workers Guild & Shanequa Charles)

October 24, 2018

Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) is organizing the movement to unionize political and issue-based campaign workers nationwide. CWG Vice President Meg Reilly joins us to talk about why transforming the working conditions of campaigns is necessary for our end goals, how building worker power impacts strategy and what’s possible, and gives us a play-by-play of where to start if you want to start a union. Host Kate Werning and organizer Shanequa Charles share some of their experience and learnings from recently participating in the unionization process on the Cynthia Nixon campaign. Stay tuned all the way til the end for a silly solidarity song.

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Meg Reilly is a union organizer and Vice President of the Campaign Workers Guild, a national independent labor union representing non-management workers on electoral and issue-based campaigns. Twitter: @CWG_Workers / Website:

Shanequa Charles is a powerhouse community organizer from the Bronx. She is a leader with Just Leadership USA, works to end mass incarceration and advocate for criminal justice reform, and advances healing in her community via Miss Abbie's Kids. Twitter: @ShanequaCharles

Thank you to Brittany Williams, Kim Huynh, Alexandra Flores-Quilty, Melanie Berkowitz, Duncan Meisel, and Sophie Lasoff for the song!



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Mixing and production by Zach Meyer at the COALROOM & Sonja Hanson
Music by Danny O’Brien & Zach Meyer
Production support from Guido Girgenti & Parke Ballantine
Visuals by Josiah Werning

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