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Sanders While Preaching Pay Equality Is Putting His Staff in Poverty

Sanders While Preaching Pay Equality Is Putting His Staff in Poverty

Berry Sanders, the avowed socialist that many are trying to emulate in today’s socialist, oops, mean Democratic party, are trying to emulate is not practicing what he preaches. We find out now, according to FOX that he is putting his workers on his campaign in poverty, they are now protesting and leaving due to his refusal to pay them more money.

One has to wonder, is this another case of Sanders, the avowed socialist not practicing what he preaches, the millionaire who preaches community sharing of wealth, well, except his?

While Sanders is in second place in Democratic polling, his weak showing in the debates exposed his weakness for the world to see, now his hold on the 2nd place is tenuous at best.

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’ 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 campaign rhetoric against him as they try to wrestle more pay from the self-described democratic socialist.

Fiaz Shakir, sent a letter to the union, stating that 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.”
The organizers claim that the long hours they are working, they have seen a drop in their pay to the poverty level, $13 per hour, turns out what Sanders is demanding America pay what he is not willing to do so himself.

“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.”
What is most interesting is the reply Shakir when questioned about this union letter he had sent out.

“We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports,” Shakir said in a statement, according to the Post. “Every member of the campaign, from the candidate on down, joined this movement in order to defeat Donald Trump and transform America. Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker and pro-labor candidate running for president.”

One has to wonder, why the sudden change of heart, could it be that Sanders got to him?

As for Sanders himself, the Post said it was unclear whether the candidate was aware of the grievances among his campaign staff.

The Post report surfaced on the same day that the Democrat-controlled House voted in favor of a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, unchanged since 2009.

I will say, this is one thing the Democrats have done that I have to agree with, no one can survive on $7.25 an hour, and if an employer today is paying this type of wage, I seriously doubt they have any success landing employees with this very competitive job market.

This was a pointed change from March when Sanders’ campaign was bragging that their employees were the first unionized campaign staff, having chosen United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 as their representing union. This made his staff the first in history to be unionized. There is one question I am dying to ask, “What would happen to his campaign if they went on strike?”

We see cracks in his campaign, one has to wonder, if he is so intent on this, why isn’t he doing this himself? Or does he think he is one of the leaders like we saw in the very corrupt Soviet Union where the people lived in poverty while the party leadership lived in mansions away from the workers?

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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