Skip to comments.Sanders Campaign in Pay Squabble [semi-satire]
Posted on 07/20/2019 3:05:24 PM PDT by John Semmens
Though he has long been an advocate for a nationwide $15/hour minimum wage, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-Vt) pays some of his campaign workers less than this amount. These workers have unionized and are threatening to strike if they dont get a raise.
Campaign manager Faiz Shakir tried to explain we cant afford to meet this wage standard under current conditions. We dont have the resources needed to pay this much. What we are asking our supporters to do is make a temporary sacrifice for the cause. These sacrifices include 12-hour workdays and 6-day workweeks at less than minimum wage.
Sanders tried to quell his restive staff by emphasizing the urgency of our quest to transform America from a capitalistic hellhole into a socialist utopia. Unlike capitalists who exploit workers for profit, we are asking our workers to voluntarily put aside their own financial interests in order to aid the revolution. Those who stood with Lenin didnt do it out of love for money. They did it to try to change the world and they succeeded.
I am not totally inflexible on this issue, Sanders added. If every candidate agrees to a $15/hour minimum we will too. But we cant abide the disadvantage of more quickly running through our available funds while the others are free to exploit their workers. Were not a small business whose inability to survive at a higher wage is no great loss. We are the vanguard of a social movement that must survive for the sake of humanity.
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Why doesn't the campaign just claim bankruptcy, like all those restaurants?
This is too funny. Sanders wants to impose his plans on the entire country, yet he can’t run his own office, can’t pay his own hired help the minimum wage he wants to impose on the rest of us.
Wouldn’t it make sense to pay ALL of his campaign workers the same? I mean, how can they justify paying a campaign manager 10 times what an envelope licker makes?
They pretend to work, and he pretends to pay them.
Pretty darn good !
They should all get FREE healthcare too.
Minimum wage and mandatory time-and-a-half kicking in at over 40 hours in a week, are LAW. Employers cannot waive it nor can employees agree to overlook. If you want some mind-numbing reading it’s at the Federal Labor Wage and Hour Division rules.
The only exemption is for the owner of a personally-owned business. He can work till he drops with no pay.
Anyone can file a complaint and the Department will send an investigator. Anonymity is preserved. The investigator will order immediate payment to all aggrieved employees. An employee only has to receive the check and can rip it up after the investigator leaves.
Someone with a few weeks to spare should go to work for this high-and-mighty crook, then file the complaint. What a field day that would make!
I don’t think Nancy Pelosi pays her pineapple slaves the minimum wage either. She exempted herself.
A lot of political campaigns could not survive without volunteers. How many college students are working for the campaign for nothing?
Thanks John Semmens.
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