Bernie Sanders rallied behind group called “Fight for Fifteen,” which was supporting a $15 an hour minimum wage, during his presidential campaign.
Sadly for those who interned for the nominee , they should have had to wait for him to become president to earn such a wage, as they only earned $12 an hour.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the meantime, wonders why the minimum wage is not $22 an hour, but fails to pay her interns at all. Women who are lucky enough to work for the equal pay champion, and be paid for it, will find their wages equaling only 71 percent of their male counterparts.
As reported by The Washington Free Beacon:
Dozens of field workers have filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, claiming the party that is pushing employers to pay a $15 minimum wage and more in overtime failed to pay overtime and minimum wages to its own employees.
Justin Swidler, the attorney representing the field workers, argued the Democratic Party failed to pay workers a minimum wage and denied them overtime compensation.
The 2016 Democratic platform pushed for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a nearly $8 increase from the current minimum, and promised to defend an Obama-era regulation forcing employers to pay a higher rate to employees for working more than 40 hours.
Some of the workers have put in more than 80 hours per week, claims Swidler, and only received $3,000 per month in compensation.
“They got paid a flat salary of $3,000 a month, which isn’t even minimum wage for some of the hours that they were working,” Swidler added.
The Democratic platform decried the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour as ”starvation wage” and declared “no one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty.”
Swindler noted that the Democratic Party, claimed it did not have enough money to pay workers overtime.
“One of the arguments that the Democrats are making is that they just don’t have the money to pay overtime to their workers,” stated Swindler.
Is that so? An OpenSecrets reports suggests otherwise. It says the Democratic party raised $372,182,925 in 2016, spent $368,480,666, and had $11,788,858 on hand. Seems like that’s not enough for the Democrats.