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Paa Langfart

the sanctimonious hypocrisy of Bernie Sanders

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That $15 an hour minimum wage for employees he is promising if he becomes president ?  Not so much for all of  his campaign workers.

 

Yeah.  Reality sucks.

 

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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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/labor-fight-roils-bernie-sanders-campaign-as-workers-demand-the-15-hourly-pay-the-candidate-has-proposed-for-employees-nationwide/2019/07/18/3a6df9f4-a966-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?utm_term=.45258a628b05

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I’m not sure of a single campaign that pays field hires salary. Field works because they are used on a week to week basis, in campaign target spots are usually paid a set fee for that campaign effort. Usually a poo ton of money actually. 

But good for them! Do it up.

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Livable wage is not an expectation of campaign staff who usually exhibit a privileged lifestyle to be able to pick up this type of employment.  But absolutely he should make an example of his staff on providing pay and benefits. 

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It was unclear when or whether Sanders had been made aware of the situation.

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Now that is clear Sanders needs to respond.

 

edit: reading further in the article it is long hours that drop the hourly rate (going down to the equivalent of $13 an hour as hours approach 60) - this can be addressed in two ways by minimizing hours to 40 a week or bumping pay to compensate for hours worked.

Sanders also has empowered field workers to unionize which gives them this power.

 

 

 

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from the same article

Sanders has the first campaign with a unionized workforce

lowest pay of any hourly employee is $15 

lowest salary is $36K, which at 40hours x 50 weeks = $18 an hour

entire pay structure was negotiated and approved by the union

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6 minutes ago, R0CKnR0LLA said:

from the same article

Sanders has the first campaign with a unionized workforce

lowest pay of any hourly employee is $15 

lowest salary is $36K, which at 40hours x 50 weeks = $18 an hour

Just edited above to point that out.

This is more of an article of what the power to unionize can do to address hours and compensation.  Bernie field staff are the only ones empowered which leads to this type of negotiation.  Im sure Bidens field workers would love to have the power Bernie's do.

 

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“As union members, the Bernie 2020 campaign staff have access to myriad protections and benefits secured by their one-of-a-kind union contract, including many internal avenues to democratically address any number of ongoing workplace issues, including changes to pay, benefits, and other working conditions,

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The FIELD HIRES are asking to be moved to salary. At the equivalent of 15 dollars an hour. Because I’m assuming they aren’t getting 40 hours a week right now. It’s a bad move in the long run though when primaries start kicking off they will be working 80 hours a week at least. 

That’s why for instance Obama campaign would pay their field hires a stipend of basically 2,000 per week. Which lets say at 80 hours worked is still $25 dollars an hour. Supplement that with volunteers to do the grunt work. The other side of this is they may work 2 weeks on. Then have 3 weeks off until their next big assignment. 

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workers having a union to turn to that will represent their interests and work on their behalf

umm exactly what bernie has been preaching for years

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1 hour ago, TheRed said:

Hippocracy?

thanks for the spelling lesson - it let me  define his bullshi t do as I say not as I do mantra even more

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22 minutes ago, R0CKnR0LLA said:

workers having a union to turn to that will represent their interests and work on their behalf

umm exactly what bernie has been preaching for years

lol.  what an excuse.

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6 minutes ago, Paa Langfart said:

lol.  what an excuse.

so the campaign workers dont have a union? 

https://www.npr.org/2019/05/08/721560528/sanders-campaign-workers-ratify-union-contract

The agreement has provisions ensuring that the campaign will pay the entire health insurance premiums of any worker paid under $36,000, according to Jonathan Williams, communications director at UFCW Local 400. There's also a pay limit for top campaign officials — no one in campaign management can make more than three times the highest-paid worker in the bargaining unit.

 

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OMG now they are renegotiation as workers are being pushed for longer hours and feel the pay equivalent is not living up to the original compromise..  The HORRORS and hypocrisy !

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from the article for those of you who don't want to read it all.

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A draft letter union members earlier had prepared to send Shakir as soon as this week said that the field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages. Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour, we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”

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.”

 

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33 minutes ago, Harbingers said:

Because I’m assuming they aren’t getting 40 hours a week right now

wrong see my above post from the article

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