But does he recognize it? I’m guessing probably not. This situation is the epitome of a capitalist tradeoff. His campaign staff is unionized. He went along with it, because he has to, as a “democratic socialist”. He is also highly in favor of a minimum wage of $15 per hour. His campaign has a budget, with a certain amount of dollars. So, Mr. Sanders has discovered that, with his current campaign budget, he cannot afford to pay everyone $15 per hour. So, he has stated that he will reduce some staff hours in order to pay everyone that vaunted $15. Yes, Bernie, when your cost of doing business rises (with little to no productivity improvement), you are forced into tough choices. Do you lay off an employee? Do you reduce everyone’s hours? Do you reduce only some staffers’ hours? If you want to maintain a viable campaign organization, you will need to make some hard decisions.
Now, will he connect his own predicament with that faced by various fast-food restaurant chains which are affected by the “Fight For 15” movement? Will he now be able to imagine himself in the shoes of the Human Resource and Finance departments of McDonald’s and Burger King? Good question, and I’m awaiting the story about how his various employees are taking the news. Will they picket his campaign offices? Will they take to social media to decry the unfair reduction in hours? Get out the popcorn, everyone, this should be a good show.