The Washington Post reports recently that Bernie Sanders is embroiled in a wage dispute with his unionized campaign workers (emphasis mine):
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.
The draft letter estimated that field organizers were working 60 hours per week at minimum, dropping their average hourly pay to less than $13. It said that “many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”
It seems that the Bernie Sanders campaign, managed by Mr. Shakir, is unwilling to pay its own workers the $15/hour minimum wage that it has so aggressively campaigned on for years. In my view, this exemplifies the issues that put Mr. Sanders at or near the bottom of my preference list. It also hands red meat to advertising writers of GOP candidates and commentators about Democratic Party hypocrisy.
BMG has a consensus here that we Democrats hold our candidates to a higher standard than our GOP counterparts. Given the enthusiasm with which Mr. Sanders promotes the $15/hour minimum wage and his claimed eagerness to support working-class families, the fact that this dispute is still on-going (no matter how it is ultimately resolved) shows the true values and priorities of Mr. Sanders. When it comes to paying his employees, Mr. Sanders has already failed the standard he himself proclaims.
I invite anyone here who joins me in supporting a $15/hour minimum wage to also join me disqualifying Mr. Sanders based on this behavior.