“Thousands of campaign staffers were fired earlier this month after their candidates dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.”
In a case of unfortunate timing, many of the Democrats running for president ended their campaigns just before the Coronavirus crisis hit.
Now many of the former campaign staffers are looking for jobs as life has come to a standstill.
Tucker Higgins writes at CNBC:
Their candidate lost. Now they’re job hunting as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the economy
A month ago, Molly Doris-Pierce was hoping to help elect the next president. Now she’s hoping to find a job.
Thousands of campaign staffers were fired earlier this month after their candidates dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But now, as governments across the globe race to contain the coronavirus, the worldwide economy has frozen, leaving job seekers in the lurch.
Times like these call for dark humor.
“I know everyone is working on their think pieces so if anyone has a ‘How to Write a Cover Letter During a Pandemic’ essay in the works let a girl know your best advice,” Doris-Pierce wrote Tuesday on Twitter.
Doris-Pierce, 26, worked as Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s national women’s outreach director. Warren exited the 2020 Democratic primary earlier this month after a disappointing showing on Super Tuesday, releasing her staff, which numbered more than 1,000 across dozens of states.
Other campaigns have done the same.
Staffers for Michael Bloomberg claim they were told their jobs were safe through November.
Bloomberg aides cut loose despite yearlong employment promise
Mike Bloomberg’s shuttered presidential campaign is dismissing staffers across the country and inviting them to reapply for jobs on his new independent committee — despite extending guarantees of being paid through the November election when they were hired.
The consolation prize: They get to keep their Bloomberg-issued iPhones and MacBooks.
Multiple Bloomberg aides told POLITICO they participated in termination calls with the campaign on Monday. Some of them complained after the calls that they were originally told they would be paid by Bloomberg though the November general election regardless of whether he remained in the race. Most staffers will receive their last paycheck on March 31, sources said…
Hiring materials from Bloomberg headquarters shared with POLITICO stated that regardless of what happened, field organizers could expect to have a job with “Team Bloomberg” through November, though it didn’t promise interviewees where they would be based. It outlined that organizers would be paid $6,000 a month, plus a $5,000 relocation stipend and full health, dental and vision benefits.
Business Insider repeats this claim about the Bloomberg campaign. In an ultimate twist of irony, the staffers they spoke to have signed non-disclosure agreements:
Bloomberg staffers were promised a job until Election Day, whether or not he became the nominee. Now they’re days from losing their health insurance during a pandemic.
Former Bloomberg campaign staffers say they feel lied to after learning last week that their jobs would be cut despite promises of work no matter what from one of the world’s richest people.
Now they face the prospect of losing their health insurance at the end of the month during the coronavirus pandemic.
When he exited the race March 4, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City promised to pay his staff through the end of the month and to keep offices in some key battleground states open through the race to support the Democratic Party.
But Business Insider talked to two former Bloomberg campaign staffers — who asked to remain anonymous because they signed nondisclosure agreements — who said they were shocked to be let go last week.
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