Several former campaign staffers for Michael Bloomberg want their old boss removed from the speakers' list at the Democratic National Convention this week, CNN reports.
The aides are part of a group who have sued Bloomberg following his failed presidential bid, saying he promised to jobs through November. But when he dropped out of the Democratic primaries after a bad Super Tuesday showing, they were let go.
Instead, staffers were told to apply for jobs at the DNC, to which Bloomberg donated $18 million from this campaign fund.
In a letter to DNC chair Tom Perez, the staffers said, they "do not believe that there is a place on the convention stage for people like Mike Bloomberg who make a mockery of workers' rights — a fundamental value that unites all Democrats."
"This is the type of greedy, anti-worker move we'd expect from Donald Trump, but not from a Democratic presidential candidate," the letter continues.
It was sent from six former staffers — Alexis Sklair, Sterling Rettke, Nathaniel Brown, Brian Giles, Jocelyn Reynolds and Caryn Austen. "The Democratic Party and its platform strongly oppose the immoral and unfair things that Mike Bloomberg did to thousands of his staffers during his presidential campaign."
Bloomberg is slated to speak Thursday, the night Biden formally accepts the party nomination, but the group urges Perez to instead find "another Democratic leader or workers' rights advocate."
Bloomberg's attorney's have said in court that the staffers were at-will employees who could be let go at any time, and that they were given health insurance through November as well as severance pay.
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