Bernie Sanders feels the union burn over minimum wage fiasco

Bernie Sanders, of all people, has union trouble — and it just goes to show how nasty organized labor can be.

The Vermont socialist senator made history by agreeing that his paid 2020 presidential campaign workers would be repped by a union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, with all earning at $15 an hour. But now the union complains some employees are getting less.

Worse, someone leaked the whole dispute to The Washington Post.

Worse yet, Sanders’ response could be a violation of US labor law, all on its own.

The union’s gripe centers on the fact that field organizers, the lowest-level workers, often put in 60 hours a week but get paid only for 40, since they’re on a flat salary. That drops their average minimum pay to less than $13 an hour.

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


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