Obama campaign workers angry over unpaid wages

Ralph Alter
Oops! It looks like expectations are already being dashed by the president-elect. According to WTHR TV in Indianapolis:
Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.

"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker.

A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card.

Apparently all of these campaign workers getting stiffed or shorted by the Obama campaign must be earning over $250,000 annually.  Isn't that the level at which Obama loses interest in your economic well-being?   But then again, maybe the campaign was just running a little short on funds -- they only collected $600,000,000 that we know of.  And just a couple last questions:  How does a company pay their employers with gift cards?  Do they come with a 1099 or W-2 statement or is working for Obama tax exempt?

Ralph Alter blogs at Right on Target.
Oops! It looks like expectations are already being dashed by the president-elect. According to WTHR TV in Indianapolis:
Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.

"I want my money today! It's my money. I want it right now!" yelled one former campaign worker.

A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card.

Apparently all of these campaign workers getting stiffed or shorted by the Obama campaign must be earning over $250,000 annually.  Isn't that the level at which Obama loses interest in your economic well-being?   But then again, maybe the campaign was just running a little short on funds -- they only collected $600,000,000 that we know of.  And just a couple last questions:  How does a company pay their employers with gift cards?  Do they come with a 1099 or W-2 statement or is working for Obama tax exempt?

Ralph Alter blogs at Right on Target.