“Do as I say, not as I do.”
That appears to be the message Bernie Sanders, the wizened old commie, has given his own campaign workers. That is not atypical of leftists. In fact, it is closer to a modus operandi.
In an amusing irony, the Washington Post reports that some members of Sanders’ campaign team have been lobbying to raise their wages so that they can make the same $15 hourly wage rate that the Vermont Senator has so frequently and fervently called for. The Post obtained a draft of a letter the campaign’s union intended to send to Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir. The letter stated that the workers “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." It added: "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.” The letter notes that since field organizers are working a minimum of 60 hours a week, their average hourly pay equates to only $13 an hour. Negotiations between the union and Shakir are apparently taking place.
Reports of the negotiations came after the House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, prompting Sanders to take to Twitter to praise the House for its action.
Senator Sanders seems to be living in a glass House at the moment.
(Update: it appears Sanders has decided to grant his campaign workers their $15 an hour request by cutting the number of hours they work).