Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said that his presidential campaign will cut some of the hours that some staffers work after complaints that they were not getting $15 an hour.
Internal communication documents obtained by the Washington Post showed that campaign field hires want an annual salary which would be equivalent to a $15 an hour wage but campaign managers have so far declined to give it to them.
According to one letter, field staff—the lowest level of staff on the campaign—are making less than $13 an hour.
A union representing the staffers got them $36,000 a year in an agreement signed in March, but staffers said the long hours they work have driven their wages down to an unacceptable level.
Field organizers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages,” the letter stated, noting that Sanders is advocating for a $15 an hour national minimum wage.
Sanders expressed frustration with the story, saying it bothered him that staffers seemed to go to the media even as negotiations between his management staff and the union took place. read more