Sanders’ staff complains of their “poverty wages”

Despite promising a $15 minimum wage should he become president in 2020, Bernie Sanders campaign workers says they currently pays them much less.

The Washington Post reported that campaign manager Faiz Shakir wrote a letter to Sanders, using the Senator’s campaign rhetoric against him to claim they “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,” the letter continued, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”

Most staff are currently struggling financially as they work at a $13 wage.

This situation is a lot different from that of the staffers in May, when the campaign touted "unprecedented standards for campaign workers," including pay transparency, a defined wage scale, access to mental health care coverage, an anti-discrimination policy that protects immigrant and transgender staff members, and a "pro-worker grievance and arbitration process.”

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H/T: Fox News