Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced he will cut staffers' hours so that they can be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage. This comes after his campaign staffers reportedly pushed for higher wages.
Campaign employees asked for salaries that would be equal to the $15-an-hour wage Sanders has lobbied for.
In a letter from campaign staffers sent to Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, workers were being "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 continued, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”
Last week, the Democrat-controlled House voted in favor of a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.