Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is quite the hypocrite. The 2016 Democratic presidential runner-up and 2020 contender has long championed increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and chided companies like Disney and McDonald's for not paying their employees that much. Last week, news broke that Sanders' presidential campaign is not paying staffers a salary equivalent to $15 per hour. Field organizers said they make $36,000 per year working 60 hours per week, an average of $13 per hour.
What a comedy sketch! Bernie Sanders is not immune from the Iron Laws of Economics:
After Seattle raised its minimum wage, the University of Washington found that the minimum wage law reduced the number of hours worked by 9.6 percent. Thanks to shortened shifts and lost jobs, the average low-wage worker ended up taking home $125 less each month.
Similarly, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Newsweek that the campaign is "limiting hours so not employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked." In other words, just like any other business, the campaign is trying to cut costs in order to compensate for high wage demands.
To be fair, he did pick the least destructive option. He could have fired a few people and maintained the total individual working hours for the rest.