Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders demanded Walmart raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour Friday; conveniently ignoring his campaign’s recent decision to slash workers’ hours to cut costs.
“Here’s my message to the Walton family: End your greed. Pay everyone at Walmart a living wage of $15 an hour,” posted Sanders on social media.
Here's my message to the Walton family: End your greed. Pay everyone at Walmart a living wage of $15 an hour. https://t.co/GThTChW7Hb
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 2, 2019
Original Story: July 22, 2019
Bernie 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.”
BERNIE BLASTS WALMART: The Far-Left Senator Demands Walmart Raise Wages for All Workers
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders directly targeted Walmart at the corporation’s shareholder meeting Wednesday; demanding higher pay for all workers to avoid what he described as “starvation wages.”
“Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attended the annual Walmart shareholders meeting on Wednesday, where he pressed the company to raise wages for its hourly workers,” reports Fox Business.
“Sanders put forth a proposal to raise the company’s $11 minimum wage. He also proposed allowing hourly workers to have representation on the company’s board of directors,” adds the article.
“Walmart is the largest private employer in America and is owned by … the wealthiest family in the U.S.,” Sanders said during his three-minute presentation. “Despite the wealth of its owner, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages.”
Sanders has previously attacked giant American corporations such as McDonald’s and Amazon; similarly demanding an increase in payment to avoid “starvation wages.”
Sanders released a new proposal last week that would crackdown on “capitalism” in the United States; promoting “worker ownership” of large companies and corporations.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will push new policies aimed at giving workers a greater ownership stake in companies, moves the 2020 presidential candidate is pitching as a dramatic transfer of power in the U.S. economy,” writes the Washington Post.
“The plans would give millions of workers the type of workplace influence typically reserved for shareholders and executives,” adds the newspaper.
“The establishment says there’s no alternative to an unfettered capitalism that produces huge CEO bonuses while millions are paid starvation wages. They are dead wrong. Instead of more tax breaks to profitable corporations, let’s expand employee ownership,” posted Sanders on social media.
The establishment says there's no alternative to an unfettered capitalism that produces huge CEO bonuses while millions are paid starvation wages. They are dead wrong. Instead of more tax breaks to profitable corporations, let’s expand employee ownership. https://t.co/AOeqYmctem
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 28, 2019
“We can move to an economy where workers feel that they’re not just a cog in the machine — one where they have power over their jobs and can make decisions,” Sanders said in an interview. “Democracy isn’t just the opportunity to vote. What democracy really means is having control over your life.”
BERNIE'S UNHAPPY MEAL! Sanders TARGETS McDONALD’S, Says Company Must Pay Workers $15 an Hour
After setting his sights on Walmart, Amazon, and Google, Vermont Senator and 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders is now targeting McDonalds; saying the global burger chain must pay its workers at least $15 an hour across the USA.
“If Amazon can raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, there is no reason that McDonald’s—a company that took in $1.4 billion in profit and paid its CEO $22 million—can’t also pay its workers a living wage,” posted Sanders on social media.
“In my view, if McDonald’s has enough money to buy back $22 billion of its own stock, it damn well has enough money to pay all of its workers at least $15 an hour,” he added.
If Amazon can raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, there is no reason that McDonald’s—a company that took in $1.4 billion in profit and paid its CEO $22 million—can’t also pay its workers a living wage.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 23, 2019
In my view, if McDonald’s has enough money to buy back $22 billion of its own stock, it damn well has enough money to pay all of its workers at least $15 an hour.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 23, 2019
A handful of Democratic candidates echoed Sanders’ demands Thursday; supporting a nationwide strike by McDonald’s workers.
“Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio(D) joined striking employees around the country, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who had to remain in Washington, D.C., to vote for a disaster relief bill, addressed the striking workers via a live town hall and pledged to sign legislation as president to raise the minimum wage and strengthen worker protections,” writes The Hill.
“Today, we live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But tens of millions of workers don’t know that, because they’re working longer hours for low wages,” Sanders said during the town hall. “Does anybody think that that is moral, or that is right?”
“I’m proud to march alongside @McDonalds workers in Durham, NC this morning striking for fairer wages, better conditions, and the right to unionize. I’m going to join workers anywhere they’re fighting for a living wage and safe working conditions,” posted Julian Castro on Twitter.
I’m proud to march alongside @McDonalds workers in Durham, NC this morning striking for fairer wages, better conditions, and the right to unionize. I'm going to join workers anywhere they're fighting for a living wage and safe working conditions. pic.twitter.com/Lox3bhq7dt
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 23, 2019
Read the full report at The Hill.