Fox News states that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign will limit staffers’ hours to ensure they are paid at least $15 an hour. The move comes following reports of internal strife among unionized campaign organizers working for Sanders’ presidential campaign who say they are not being compensated for the number of hours they are working.
Sanders is a staple on the front lines of the labor fight and has led the charge to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Washington Post last week reported that the union representing the campaign workers, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400, had written a draft letter that stated “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 complained that staffers were going to the press instead of keeping their concerns internal.
“I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” Sanders told the Des Moines Register last week. “And that contract was ratified by the employees of the campaign, and it not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers.”
The ridicule Sanders is facing online is relentless. Many of his political enemies are positively gleeful.
Columnist Stephen Miller wrote: “For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and buddy the results are hilarious.”
“Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving,” Miller added.
Former Fox News host Kimberley Guilfoyle, who is also Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend tweeted: “The rules of economics exist, even within the campaign of a socialist!”
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw added.: ‘So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice? All three? Can’t make this stuff up.’
Finally, author and conservative political commentator Ben Shaprio merely wrote: “In which Bernie Sanders learns about economics.”