Bernie Sanders just proved employers’ long-argued point about higher wages: If you raise wages too high, people will lose hours or jobs.
Following widespread criticism last week that his campaign does not pay the $15 per hour wage that he advocates for, Bernie Sanders has responded by cutting employees hours.
Last week, the Washington Post reported on an internal dispute within the Sanders campaign between campaign management and its unionized staffers who are complaining that, due to the hours they work, they are actually paid far less than $15 per hour.
Sanders, responding to criticism, said his campaign “will limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour,” according to the Des Moines Register [emphasis added].
Sanders also chastised his staffers who were exercising their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by speaking out.
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” Sanders told the Des Moines Register on Friday. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.”
“We are disappointed that some individuals have decided to damage the integrity of these efforts,” Sanders said, ahead of a weekend Iowa campaign swing. “We are involved in negotiations. And some are individuals that have decided to damage the integrity of that process before they were concluded.”
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