Jul 24, 2019

Bernie Sanders campaign faces anonymous unfair labor practice complaint

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to union retirees and UFCW members on Sunday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

An unnamed individual in Indiana filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign last week, alleging retaliation against staffers and illegal employee interrogation, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: Sanders' campaign — which was the first in the 2020 race to unionize — reached a deal with its union on Tuesday to pay field organizers at least $15 an hour. The complaint, which could have been filed by anyone inside or outside the campaign, follows a recent Washington Post report that showed Sanders' field organizers were being paid less than $13 per hour, on average.

Background: Sanders has demanded that corporate giants like Walmart and McDonald's pay their workers at least $15 an hour, and his "Stop BEZOS Act" encouraged Amazon to hike its minimum wage to that rate.

  • Sanders' campaign and its union previously established a $15 an hour pay for interns that was supposed to go into effect on May 2. Internal communications leaked to the Post showed that some in the campaign were paid less.

The bottom line: The National Labor Relations Board has yet to decide if there is any merit to the 5 allegations against Sanders' campaign. Those allegations include modifying a labor contract, unlawfully discharging an employee and engaging in illegal discipline.

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A debate fundraising quick-turn from Bernie Sanders

A quick-turn solicitation from Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign arrived at 10:05 p.m. ET — 38 minutes before Tuesday's Democratic debate ended:"Make a contribution — of any amount — and we’ll send you our new 'I Wrote the Damn Bill' sticker."

Why it matters: The campaign was capitalizing on an instant-classic moment when Rep. Tim Ryan attempted to challenge Sanders over Medicare for All - to which Sanders said he "wrote the damn bill."

Go deeperArrowJul 31, 2019

Bernie Sanders releases plan to overhaul labor laws to benefit unions

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2020 Democratic contender Sen. Bernie Sanders released a new plan Wednesday that would overhaul labor laws in the U.S. to increase union membership and rights.

Why it matters: The Vermont senator is competing for union endorsements against a wide Democratic field. The plan's release is timed with the Iowa state convention for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Go deeperArrowAug 21, 2019

How Kamala Harris' "Medicare for All" plan differs from Bernie Sanders

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After changing course a couple of times on Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan, Sen. Kamala Harris is out with a version of her own on Monday.

How it works: Harris' proposal differs from Sanders' in a couple of key ways.

Go deeperArrowJul 29, 2019