Once again, the left is proving that they can’t stand by their own policies and promised procedures. Democratic presidential candidate and US Senator Elizabeth Warren has done well in her campaign so far. However, it seems that her touts of taking down corporate giants and making life better for the average American worker are just that, hollow words spoken to gain voters.
She and her campaign are being accused of misleading two people who were seeking employment through her, saying that the process of entry as well as the position itself were “deceptive” and “exploitative.”
Both were college students who were accepted into the Massachusetts lawmakers’ campaign thinking they would be paid internships. However, as Jonathan Nendze says, “What was told to me was very different than it actually was.”
Nendze is a senior at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and was accepted into the volunteer fellowship program. He told the Daily Beast, “They way they always communicated it was always fellow/intern like they were synonymous. Their application kind of took advantage of people who were really eager to get experience.”
He stated that it was a “great scam” to get unpaid volunteers to “function as paid interns,” doing much more work than expected. Nendze said that the campaign’s application process was rather sketchy when talking about how the “fellows/interns” would be paid.
“I had no information about where to go if I was being paid.” And while not confident he would have turned the opportunity down if Nendze had known he wouldn’t be paid, he said it would have made life easier. “If they had told me upfront that I was unpaid, maybe I would have been able to prepare better,” he said.
Another thing that made him think it was to be a paid position was that he was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which according to several sources, including news outlet Breitbart, is an unusual requirement for unpaid positions or volunteers.
The disclosure stated the Nendze was “not to communicate with any member of the press” and to refrain from making any statements or actions that “may impair or otherwise adversely affect the goodwill or reputation” of Senator Warren or her entities.
Another volunteer, known only as Cole from Iowa, claims that the campaign had promised him housing during his time spent with them. According to his interview with the Daily Beast, Cole spoke with Warren’s Polk County field organizer Grace Smith who told him, “There’s this great housing program.” Later the regional organizing director sent out an introductory email to new recruits like Cole. This didn’t speak about housing at all, which concerned him.
However, “About two weeks later, she sent a follow-up note.” In it, she said, “I know you are all anxious to receive your housing details, and I will be sending out emails on a rolling basis based on when you submitted your request from Today-Thursday.” This was on June 10th. She added, “Don’t worry about not having a bed to sleep in, we have enough hosts confirmed and are just putting together the puzzle pieces of folks timeline her in IA, allergies, etc.”
“Once you receive your host contact info, it’s very important that you reach out to them immediately within 24 hours to confirm logistics and details of your arrival!”
So Cole waited. And yet at only six days out from the day he was to arrive and begin his work for Sen. Warren, he still had no idea where he was going or was to be staying. And so he decided to opt-out of the program. He said, “Before you start a campaign, you should have these basic processes done. To be treated the way I was is disheartening.”
For someone who claims to care so much about the American worker, Warren sure doesn’t treat her own very well.
And she isn’t the only Democratic candidate to have been accused of worker mistreatment.
Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont has also faced some rather severe blowback for worker staffing issues. Sanders advocates for a firm $15 per hour minimum wage, yet won’t pay his campaign staff that much. Some have even called what he does pay “poverty wages.” In addition, he has been accused of illegal discipline, interrogation, and discharge of several employees.
Just more proof that these liberals follow a ‘do what I say’, not ‘do what I do’ motto.