Sanders Pushes for $15 Min Wage, but His Campaign Staffers Say They’re Making ‘Poverty Wages’: Report

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2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) might just have some trouble within his own campaign team when it comes to their pay.

While the senator pushes for a federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, his campaign staffers are reportedly complaining that they’re only making “poverty wages,” according to a letter received by The Washington Post. Sanders advocates for the wage increase to “at least $15 an hour” on his campaign website.

The campaign staffers wrote to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir explaining how the 2020 Democrats’ own rhetoric doesn’t meet their needs.

They wrote in a draft letter that the staffers “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages.”

They added, “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.”

Those who were working a minimum of 60 hours per week saw their pay drop to under $13 per hour, the Post reports.

“Many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially, which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale,” the letter said. “Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”

However, according to the Post, Sanders’ campaign manager responded on Thursday, “We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports.” The Post noted that it was unsure if the 2020 Democrat knew of this situation.

Shakir continued:

“Every member of the campaign, from the candidate on down, joined this movement in order to defeat Donald Trump and transform America. Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker and pro-labor candidate running for president. We have tremendous staff who are working hard. Bernie and I both strongly believe in the sanctity of the collective bargaining process and we will not deviate from our commitment to it.”

As IJR News reported, the House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claiming it was a “historic day.” Although Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “We’re not going to be doing that in the Senate.”

Additionally, the idea of a hike of minimum wage across the U.S. to $15 per hour was criticized by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who laid out the “truth” behind the policy, as IJR Red previously reported.

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Sanders talks from both sides of his ass. He’s campaigning for a nationwide $15.00/hour minimum wage, but refuses to pay his staff what he’s preaching. He wants you, the taxpayers, to pay the higher wages.
Not good for him, but good for us. He won’t last long after Hillary announces her candidacy in late November or early January. She’ll run him out the back door after giving him another lake front home and he’ll be stupid enough to endorse her, again.

General Confusion

What a bunch of confused people here!

You all take your swipes at Bernie, his campaign, and socialists in general, but you won’t stand up for your neighbors, friends, family and countrymen, to raise about 1.3 million of us above the povertyline by paying them something reasonable (and still not enough).

You should be ashamed of yourselves, you hypocrits.

Don Snyder

Typical Socialist. Do as I say, not as I do. And Give me all your money and I’ll let you know how much you need to live on. are two of his favorite sayings. Please don’t vote this idiot in. America (that’s you, people) loses.


Typical socialist/communist. Everyone else pays…..just not me. They talk the talk but walk a different walk. The reason why…socialism & communism kill!


What’s the difference? Min wage goes up so does everything else. So it like living on two bucks an Hour and a loaf of bread
Does anyone get it? Higher wages, Higher produce and product
Think people! You are like shooting fish in a barrel


Bernie IS a complete Socialist. He lives in the luxury of state (i.e. taxpayer) provided bounty while his “workers’ struggle to survive. Tell me how this is different from Russia.

At least Comrade Sanders can relax in one of his three homes.

Why don’t his “workers” or those who support him see the hypocrisy and lies he luxuriates in? Are they that stupid? q.v. General Confusion.


The house proposed a bill to take place in 2025. Maybe that is when his group will get wage increases.

I thought people staffing politicians campaigns were mostly volunteers. They can always leave.

Bonnie Keever

Lier shove his agenda down people throats just as the rest of the democrats but can’t pay his own workers the same wage he has no credibility at all





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