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REPORT: Is Bernie Sanders a hypocrite and not paying his workers $15 an hour?

Sanders himself has pledged workers he will institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he wins in 2020

July 19, 2019 - 1:18 pm

(KFTK) - Sen. Bernie Sanders has been calling for a $15 minimum wage for years, but according to a Washington Post report, some workers say they're being paid less than that to work on Sanders' campaign.

According to the Post, unionized field staffers say the long hours they put in drops their hourly rate to about $13 per hour, and are "battling with management" for a pay increase.

A union letter sent to Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir claims workers are "barely managing to survive financially." Part of the letter says they "cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages," according to the Post.

Shakir says the Sanders' campaign "offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns".

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