Bernie Sanders to Cut Staff Hours Due to $15 Minimum Wage
U.S. Senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has long pushed for a $15 minimum wage and increased unionization for many years. He’s also become the first presidential campaign to unionize is staff and pay them at least $15 an hour.
And now his own campaign is proving why raising the minimum wage doesn’t work.
The union contracts of his campaign workers comes out to $36,000 annually for field staffers. “In a normal 40-hour work week, that would pay about $17 per hour,” reports The Daily Wire. “But some staffers say they work up to 60 hours a week, meaning their pay ends up being about $13 per hour.”
“To combat this, Sanders’ campaign will now limit staffers’ hours to ensure they are paid at least $15 an hour,” The Daily Wire notes.
The irony is overwhelming.
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“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement to Newsweek. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”
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According to the Des Moines Register, Sanders staffers have been complaining to the press about this situation, annoying campaign officials and the candidate himself.
“I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” Sanders told the news outlet. “And that contract was ratified by the employees of the campaign, and it not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers.”
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” Sanders added. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.”
Guess what else is “improper?” Forcing businesses by law to pay low-skilled workers an unsustainable wage that will eventually close more businesses.
We already knew Bernie Sanders socialist ideas were insane. Now he’s learning the hard way that there is no denying normal economic forces.
Get a clue Bernie!