Face of the Day

Staffers for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have drafted a letter […] complaining that they are making “poverty wages,” and demanding he pay them a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders

[…]A draft letter union members earlier had prepared […] 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.”

Sanders has committed to supporting a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour — despite evidence from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that it would lead to massive job losses. (As the New York Times noted last month, the  CBO found that a $15 per hour minimum wage — which the Democrat-run House of Representatives will vote on soon — “would lift 1.3 million people out of poverty but also put an estimated 1.3 million Americans out of work.”)

The Sanders campaign also took pride earlier this year in being the first to unionize its workforce.