Apparently Bernie’s campaign is unwilling to pay his staffers a “living wage” even though promising to do it for the nation if he becomes president, and his staffers are complaining and leaving the campaign because of the “poverty wages”:
FOX NEWS – Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged to American workers that he would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he wins the White House in 2020.
But unionized workers on Sanders’ own campaign say they wish he would start now — by paying a higher wage to them.
According to a report, members of Sanders’ staff have been using the senator’s own campaign rhetoric against him as they try to wrestle more pay from the self-described democratic socialist.
In a letter to Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the campaign staffers claim they “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages,” the Washington Post reported.
“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour,” the letter continues, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
According to the Post, field organizers claim that their long hours working on behalf of Sanders drop their actual pay to about $13 per hour.
“Many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially,” the union letter says, “which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”
I love this! Because it just shows how Democrats don’t want the same rules to apply to them that they say apply to everyone else.
AOC earlier this year made sure all her congressional staffers were making $15 a year, but that’s not really laudable because she’s doing it with OUR taxpayer money.
Bernie is in a different situation, having to essentially run a business using finite resources in order win the presidency. This is far more like the real world than working in government and you’d think it might inform his socialist thinking. But apparently not, and now he’s becoming a victim of his own socialistic promises and I think it’s fantastic. All of his unionized employees should boycott the Sanders campaign until they force him to pay them a living wage.