Monday, June 15, 2015

Hillary: Don't Do As I Do, Do As I Say

What a hypocrite.
From the Guardian:
Experienced, adult political operatives who want to do grassroots work for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign currently have no choice but to work as unpaid, full-time interns, raising new questions about how the White House frontrunner runs her own labor force as she prepares to double down on young people’s role in the American economy.
The Clinton campaign is currently in the midst of what multiple Democratic sources described as a “hiring freeze” for paid organizing positions in the early campaign states where the former Secretary of State is laying the foundations of a massive national staff, with few if any paying jobs available for field operations.
Clinton’s camp has made headlines about its frugality and a hard sell on its fellowship program, which allows aspiring politicos between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend this summer as full-time campaign volunteers. The result, however, is the human-resources reality of a campaign – one scheduled to hold at least 26 fundraisers this month alone – that isn’t just taking on college students with political science degrees but expecting political veterans to gamble their careers on her without pay.
Clinton, according to her would-be employees, has left full-time organizers with little choice but to criss-cross the country and work as “free help”.
The Guardian has identified at least five “Organizing Fellows” on Clinton’s current field team in Iowa alone who held paid positions on national political campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections.
“People with campaign experience with a cycle under their belt are being kind of held in this limbo position,” said one experienced campaign staffer who turned down a Clinton fellowship....
Unpaid internships or fellowships have become a major point of contention in the US since former interns at the media company Condé Nast sued their former employer. A group of 7,500 plaintiffs settled late last year for $5.8 million.
“Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment,” Clinton said in 2013. “More businesses need to move their so-called interns to employees.”
And with Billy Bob running around, any female intern is also in danger from being sexually assaulted.  So, they not only don't get paid, they risk having Billy Bob hitting on them.

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