Patterico's Pontifications

7/21/2019

Heh: Bernie Forced to Pay the $15 per Hour He Wants to Make Everyone Else Pay

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:55 am



So Bernie, an advocate of making employers pay $15 an hour, was not paying his salaried people the equivalent of $15 an hour. Go figure. His people got upset and now he is cutting their hours so they will be earning what he wants to make everyone else pay:

Amid a pay war within his own 2020 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders will limit the amount of time his organizers can work to guarantee that no one is making less than $15 per hour — a wage the senator has demanded should be the federal minimum.

On Thursday evening, The Washington Post reported that some members of Sanders’ campaign have been lobbying to raise their wages. Field organizers say they make a salary of $36,000 annually but work 60 hours per week, which is an average of $13 per hour.

Unionized workers planned to send a letter to campaign manager Faiz Shakir which read that “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale.” Some employees, they said, had even left the campaign as a result of the low pay.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, Shakir said that the campaign has been in discussions about pay structure changes with the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, the union representing the organizers.

“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,” Shakir said. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”

It’s almost as if a $15 an hour minimum wage results in some sort of cutbacks, whether it be in hours worked by existing employees or in hiring fewer employees. Unpossible!

8 Responses to “Heh: Bernie Forced to Pay the $15 per Hour He Wants to Make Everyone Else Pay”

  1. The real minimum wage is $0.00

    Mattsky (55d339)

  2. Just as Bernie scoffed at the idea that he should share the wealth from his book sales, Bernie will scoff at the idea that there’s anything to be learned from this situation. See, those greedy for-profit businesses can just take a very tiny bit less in profits and pay a much higher wage while his campaign operates as a non-profit. No comparison at all.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

  3. Sanders makes a late-in-life discovery of how economics works.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Reminds me of this classic from last time around.

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. Every study promoted by progressives showing no negative employment rates when the minimum wage is increased, acknowledge that hours are reduced.

    See the card kruger study which is regularly cited by krugman as proof that the minimum wage increases wont increase the ranks of the unemployed. Completely ignoring the reduced hours.

    joe-Dallas (debac0)

  6. Politicians rely on workers who are enthusiastic, even passionate, about their candidate and the candidate’s cause. Punching a timeclock isn’t passionate.

    DRJ (15874d)

  7. The employees didn’t want more money because that would have caused them to lose their welfare subsidies.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  8. Politicians rely on workers who are enthusiastic, even passionate, about their candidate and the candidate’s cause. Punching a timeclock isn’t passionate.

    Exactly. I know that campaigns have always to some degree relied upon paid professionals, but my recollection is that it wasn’t until Obama started raising obscene amounts of money that we started to hear crowing about the fact that virtually all campaign workers were being paid for their efforts. I remember hearing about college kids in my day who would take the summer off — and sometimes an entire semester too — to work on a political campaign, but that was subsidized by mommy and daddy in the same way that Congressional internships were.

    I forget what the actual numbers were, but I think that by Election Day 2016 the Hillary Clinton campaign had something like three times as many paid staff members as the Donald Trump campaign. So much for “volunteering” your time to a Presidential campaign.

    JVW (54fd0b)


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