Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged to American workers that he would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he is to be elected for president in 2020, Fox News informed.
However, workers on his campaign say that they would be very pleased if he would start this right now, by paying a higher wage to them.
One report claims that members of Sanders’ staff have been using senator’s own campaign rhetoric against him as they try to get higher wages from the self-described democratic socialist.
The campaign workers in a letter to Faiz Shakir, Sanders campaign manager, stated that they “cannot be expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages.”
“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour,” the letter continues, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
According to Washington Post, field organizers stated that their actual pay was dropped to about $13 per hour.
“Many field staffers are barely managing to survive financially,” the union letter says, “which is severely impacting our team’s productivity and morale. Some field organizers have already left the campaign as a result.”
But when contacted by the Post on Thursday, Shakir seemed to paint a different picture.
“We know our campaign offers wages and benefits competitive with other campaigns, as is shown by the latest fundraising reports,” Shakir said in a statement, according to the Post. “Every member of the campaign, from the candidate on down, joined this movement in order to defeat Donald Trump and transform America. Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker and pro-labor candidate running for president.”