Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Unionized organizers of Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign approved a pay raise proposal from management late Monday, after employees had successfully argued they were not being paid the wages Sanders advocates in his rhetoric. The approved deal would raise the annual salaries of field organizers from $36,000 to $42,000 and retain health-care benefits covering 100 percent of the cost of premiums, which initially were going to be cut.
Paying field organizers $42,000 a year puts the Sanders campaign in line with salaries paid by Sen. Warren's campaign under the rate paid by some other competitors.
The deal would extend the workweek from 5 days to 6 days. But it would clarify that the expected hours worked each week would be 50. The changes would mean that if the organizers are working 50-hour weeks, then they would make an annual salary equivalent to more than $15 per hour but if they work longer hours then the equivalent hourly rate would drop under the $15 threshold.
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