Vermont Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is campaigning on $15 an hour minimum wage for all except for his own campaign staff.
The Washington Post reports:
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.
Sanders Tweeted a video about his ardent support for $15 minimum wage.
There’s nothing "extreme" about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
What’s extreme is paying workers starvation wages while CEO pay and corporate profits skyrocket.
@senatemajldr stop blocking a raise for millions of Americans! pic.twitter.com/3N9pShcXuf
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 18, 2019
All isn’t well within Sanders’ campaign because the Senator wasn’t happy with his staffers airing his campaign’s dirty laundry over their salaries by going to the media.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” the Vermont senator 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.”
Earlier this year, Sanders called out McDonald’s for not paying their employees a $15 an hour minimum wage and urged their employees around the country to protest by using his massive campaign email list.
Highly profitable corporations like McDonald's are paying wages so low that many of their workers need food stamps, Medicaid, and public housing to survive. That is unacceptable.
If I'm elected president, trust me, every worker in this country will make at least $15 an hour. pic.twitter.com/IF5h5CMbim
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2019
Sanders also made his presence known at Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting this year and criticized the company on their employee’s wages.
The Hill reports:
“Walmart can afford to pay its employees a living wage of at least $15-an-hour and that is not a radical idea,” Sanders said at the meeting. “Despite the incredible wealth of its owner, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages.”
Other Democrat presidential candidates are also calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage and participated in protests targeting McDonald’s.
USA Today reports:
The White House hopefuls – including Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, and Jay Inslee – joined demonstrations by workers in 13 cities targeting the world’s most powerful restaurant chain over wages and working conditions.
Sanders was called out by his campaign staffers exposing his hypocrisy over minimum wage.