In a word…yep.
Excerpted from Ed Morrissey’s latest commentary at hotair.com:
Unionized campaign organizers working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential effort are battling with its management, arguing that the compensation and treatment they are receiving does not meet the standards Sanders espouses in his rhetoric, according to internal communications.
Campaign field hires have demanded an annual salary they say would be equivalent to a $15-an-hour wage, which Sanders for years has said should be the federal minimum. The organizers and other employees supporting them have invoked the senator’s words and principles in making their case to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the documents reviewed by The Washington Post show.
The (union’s) 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.”
If Bernie Sanders’ field organizers are working 60 hours a week, however, that comes to 3,120 hours in a year and drops their per-hour rate to … $11.54 per hour. These workers would literally do better working at Wal-Mart, one of Bernie’s bêtes noires.
Look, it’s no surprise to find out that a politician is hypocritical. But when that politician is the much-celebrated socialist icon Bernie Sanders, and the people he is screwing are exactly the people he supposedly champions, that takes it to a very different, very much lower, level.
Maybe Bernie can sell one of the three homes he owns, or dip into his multi-million dollar personal fortune, and give these folks a little bit of a wage boost.
But, nahhh, don’t bet on him doing it.
Apparently, in Mr. Sanders’ world, what’s his is his, and what campaign workers scrimp to get is their problem.
But do tell us again, Bernie, about how terrible income inequality is.
And then let us know what effect this has on your already going-nowhere campaign.
How does it feel to be the old, White, male, economically privileged exploiter of workers that so many of the people you’re running against despise?
Or, put another way, welcome to the party that you worked so hard to create. I hope you’re enjoying the consequences.