Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders confirmed this week his plan to raise the salaries of some staffers to comply with his $15-an-hour pledge; yielding to a growing backlash after workers complained to multiple media outlets.
“I was insistent that everybody on our staff make at least $15 an hour, and in fact they’re making $17 an hour,” Sanders said. “The offer that we made to the union several months ago would have accomplished that. And I’m happy to tell you, by the way, that offer was just accepted.”
The increase will raise the base pay of field staffers from $36,000 to $42,000 per year.
Sanders’ campaign confirmed this week they will have to reduce staffers’ hours to comply with this $15-an-hour minimum wage pledge; prompting mockery from critics on both sides of the aisle.
“Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced this weekend he will cut staffers’ hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage, prompting mockery from critics who say the move is more evidence that Sanders’ plan to raise the national minimum wage is hypocritical and would only lead to less work and more unemployment,” reports Fox News.
Sanders’ solution is to “limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour,” he told the Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel.
Bernie Sanders says his campaign will limit the hours staffers work so they are paid the equivalent of $15 an hour. “I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” he told me. https://t.co/IBJdMiIIIu
— Brianne Pfannenstiel (@brianneDMR) July 19, 2019
“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.”
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