Bernie balks when his campaign workers demand $15 hourly pay rate

Bernie balks when his campaign workers demand $15 hourly pay rate
Bernie Sanders (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – He was all gung ho about his campaign staff ‘s plans to unionize back in March, and he’s been one of the most vocal supporters of a $15 minimum wage. But now that his own staffers are demanding he comply with the bill the House passed, he’s changed his tune. Hypocrisy, anyone?]

Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.

Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.

Sanders has made standing up for workers a central theme of his presidential campaigns — this year marching with McDonald’s employees seeking higher wages, pressing Walmart shareholders to pay workers more and showing solidarity with university personnel on strike.

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