Obama Campaign Resolves Unpaid Wages to Last Minute Campaigners

November 7, 2008 at 4:57 am Leave a comment

The Obama campaign says most of the payment issues that brought
hundreds of upset campaign workers to the Indianapolis office Wednesday
have been resolved.


Campaign spokesman Jonathan Swain says a few people showed up Thursday and made arrangements for payment by mail.

A few hundred people stood in line for several
hours Wednesday waiting to get paid for working in the final days of
the campaign. Many of those people said they were underpaid for the
number of hours they worked.

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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.

The workers showed up to get their cards Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.

“There
was a note on the door saying 1:00 pm and then at 1:20 pm everybody was
like why is nobody here. They just got here and they’re trying to get
it organized,” said Heather Richards, a former campaign worker.

The
large gathering of around 375 people prompted police to call in extra
officers and set up temporary barricades. The barricades helped keep
the crowd from spilling out onto Meridian Street. Police say the
several hundred people in line were for the most part orderly.

“No
arrests. Some of the people were upset at first because the line wasn’t
moving as fast as they thought it should. But we really haven’t had any
problems,” said Major Darryl Pierce, Metro Police.

Eventually
people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours
and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually
they would get a check in the mail.

“Still
that’s not right. I’m disappointed. I’m glad for the president, but I’m
disappointed in this system,” said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign
worker.

“It should have been $480. It’s $230,” said Imani Sankofa.

“They
gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was
supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90,” said Charles Martin.

“I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned,” said Randall Waldon.

Some people weren’t satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them.

“They
say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I
don’t know. We’ll see what happens,” said Antron Grose.

“Talking about they’ll mail it to us. I ain’t worried about that, man. They’re not going to mail nothin’,” said Martin.

Source: MSNBC

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