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Bernie Sanders Campaign Responds To Staffers' Demand For $15 Minimum Wage By ... Cutting Back Hours
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Bradley K. Shurman
2019-07-22 06:39:17 UTC
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Congrats on finally becoming a capitalist, Bernie.

If you missed Ed’s post on Friday about Team Bernie’s crash
course in real-world economics, read it now for background. The
campaign’s field organizers realized they’ve been working an
average of 60 hours a week at a rate of $36,000 per year, which
shakes out to a bit less than $15 per hour — the magic number
Bernie himself has demanded be set as the new federal minimum
wage. He can’t pay us less than what he wants every American to
be paid, his staffers rightly reasoned. So they’ve complained to
management and the complaints leaked into the press and now
there’s a hubbub over the country’s most prominent socialist
nickel-and-diming his own labor force and, quite simply, it’s
the feelgood story of the summer.

It was, of course, also completely foreseeable. Mandate higher
wages and a business will start slashing hours to make ends
meet. Or laying people off, of course — that’s the inevitable
next chapter in this comedy. Unless, I suppose, Bernie decides
to sell one of his vacation homes and uses the proceeds to keep
a few extra people on the payroll for awhile.

In a statement provided to Newsweek, [campaign manager Faiz]
Shakir said that the campaign has been in discussions about pay
structure changes with the United Food & Commercial Workers
Local 400, the union representing the organizers.

“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously
are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the
integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” Shakir
said. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so
no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”…

Shakir also told Newsweek that leadership at the campaign
previously offered a pay increase for field organizers, but that
the offer was rejected in a formal vote. According to the Post,
Shakir offered organizer pay to be raised to $42,000 annually
and extend the workweek to six days. The offer was reportedly
rejected because it would have elevated staff to a pay level in
which they’d be responsible to pay more of their own health care
costs.

As of now, Bernie’s field organizers have all of their health
insurance premiums covered by the campaign. By comparison,
campaign supervisors who make more than $36,000 per year have
only 85 percent of their premiums covered. Team Bernie,
champions of Medicare for All, counteroffered the field
organizers’ demand for higher pay here in part by adding the
condition that disgruntled employees take on some of the
financial burden of their own health insurance.

Here’s the icing on the cake, though:

[Sanders] expressed frustration that staffers had taken their
complaints to the media.

“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process
and going to the media,” he said. “That is really not
acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about,
and it’s improper.”

Yeah, since when do workers make their grievances with
management publicly known in order to gain leverage in a labor
dispute?

This guy and his fans get boners every time a picket line forms
somewhere but when it’s his own staffers complaining to the
press he’s like, “I’m disappointed they weren’t more discreet
about this.”

Spend a few minutes with this very recent analysis from CBO
estimating the macroeconomic effects of a mandatory $15 minimum
wage. Bottom line: 1.3 million jobs gone. Those lucky enough to
keep their jobs will do better, obviously, but there are other
bad knock-on effects:

In CBO’s estimation, it would:

— Boost workers’ earnings through higher wages, though some of
those higher earnings would be offset by higher rates of
joblessness;
— Reduce business income and raise prices as higher labor costs
were absorbed by business owners and then passed on to
consumers; and
— Reduce the nation’s output slightly through the reduction in
employment and a corresponding decline in the nation’s stock of
capital (such as buildings, machines, and technologies).

On the basis of those effects and CBO’s estimate of the median
effect on employment, the $15 option would reduce total real
(inflation-adjusted) family income in 2025 by $9 billion, or 0.1
percent.

Exit question: Will Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez join in solidarity
when Bernie staffers eventually go on strike against him?

https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2019/07/21/bernie-
sanders-campaign-responds-staffers-demand-15-minimum-wage-
cutting-back-hours/
BeamMeUpScotty
2019-07-22 17:22:42 UTC
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Post by Bradley K. Shurman
Congrats on finally becoming a capitalist, Bernie.
If you missed Ed’s post on Friday about Team Bernie’s crash
course in real-world economics, read it now for background. The
campaign’s field organizers realized they’ve been working an
average of 60 hours a week at a rate of $36,000 per year, which
shakes out to a bit less than $15 per hour — the magic number
Bernie himself has demanded be set as the new federal minimum
wage. He can’t pay us less than what he wants every American to
be paid, his staffers rightly reasoned. So they’ve complained to
management and the complaints leaked into the press and now
there’s a hubbub over the country’s most prominent socialist
nickel-and-diming his own labor force and, quite simply, it’s
the feelgood story of the summer.
It was, of course, also completely foreseeable. Mandate higher
wages and a business will start slashing hours to make ends
meet. Or laying people off, of course — that’s the inevitable
next chapter in this comedy. Unless, I suppose, Bernie decides
to sell one of his vacation homes and uses the proceeds to keep
a few extra people on the payroll for awhile.
In a statement provided to Newsweek, [campaign manager Faiz]
Shakir said that the campaign has been in discussions about pay
structure changes with the United Food & Commercial Workers
Local 400, the union representing the organizers.
“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously
are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the
integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” Shakir
said. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so
no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”…
Shakir also told Newsweek that leadership at the campaign
previously offered a pay increase for field organizers, but that
the offer was rejected in a formal vote. According to the Post,
Shakir offered organizer pay to be raised to $42,000 annually
and extend the workweek to six days. The offer was reportedly
rejected because it would have elevated staff to a pay level in
which they’d be responsible to pay more of their own health care
costs.
As of now, Bernie’s field organizers have all of their health
insurance premiums covered by the campaign. By comparison,
campaign supervisors who make more than $36,000 per year have
only 85 percent of their premiums covered. Team Bernie,
champions of Medicare for All, counteroffered the field
organizers’ demand for higher pay here in part by adding the
condition that disgruntled employees take on some of the
financial burden of their own health insurance.
[Sanders] expressed frustration that staffers had taken their
complaints to the media.
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process
and going to the media,” he said. “That is really not
acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about,
and it’s improper.”
Yeah, since when do workers make their grievances with
management publicly known in order to gain leverage in a labor
dispute?
This guy and his fans get boners every time a picket line forms
somewhere but when it’s his own staffers complaining to the
press he’s like, “I’m disappointed they weren’t more discreet
about this.”
Spend a few minutes with this very recent analysis from CBO
estimating the macroeconomic effects of a mandatory $15 minimum
wage. Bottom line: 1.3 million jobs gone. Those lucky enough to
keep their jobs will do better, obviously, but there are other
— Boost workers’ earnings through higher wages, though some of
those higher earnings would be offset by higher rates of
joblessness;
— Reduce business income and raise prices as higher labor costs
were absorbed by business owners and then passed on to
consumers; and
— Reduce the nation’s output slightly through the reduction in
employment and a corresponding decline in the nation’s stock of
capital (such as buildings, machines, and technologies).
On the basis of those effects and CBO’s estimate of the median
effect on employment, the $15 option would reduce total real
(inflation-adjusted) family income in 2025 by $9 billion, or 0.1
percent.
Exit question: Will Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez join in solidarity
when Bernie staffers eventually go on strike against him?
https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2019/07/21/bernie-
sanders-campaign-responds-staffers-demand-15-minimum-wage-
cutting-back-hours/
I'm sure that I explained to the Democrats who wanted a NATIONAL $15/hr
minimum wage... that what it does is it creates fewer jobs, and the
employers then want someone that has experience rather than an untrained
kid or a moron that can't grasp the simple tasks, they then want someone
who can multitask in order to make them pay their way and at least earn
enough to pay for their own paycheck. The ones that bring in the most
money will be the ones Bernie Sanders the Socialist will keep. Irony
there is that a Socialist is embracing capitalism and cutting jobs so he
can keep the doors to his campauign business open.

When you have a business outside the city or the mainstream you don't
get the high density population or foot traffic and so you can't afford
to pay as much..... in a rural setting you have "X" customers per hour
and that leads to sales that are profitable to only "Y" number of those
persons so you can't support a $15/hr employee if they don't sell enough
to pay the over head of the store "Z" and all the insurance and then
themselves.

SO $15/hr will make it so that they either fire people or close a
business that can't sell enough to pay the person the NATIONAL MINIMUM
WAGE and then the kids have to move away because they have no jobs and
perceive that they will have no future there.


The Irony being that these kids that work for Bernie Sanders will now
see that there are no jobs and that they face a future of stagnation and
no future in that Socialist environment and will do as FARM kids do in
rural areas, they'll go to where they can grow and achieve success and
independence, and that will be away from Socialism and towards
Capitalism....
--
That's Karma
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