Aug 6, 2015

Unions Fight For $15 Minimum Wage; Then They Do THIS…

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

In a stunning display of liberal hypocrisy the same unions that fought for, and won, a $15 and hour minimum wage in Los Angeles, California are now demanding an exemption from the law to make hiring union members more attractive to employers.
Daily Signal reports:
The Los Angeles city council will vote this week on exempting collectively bargained wages from its new $15 an hour minimum wage law.
That’s correct – if unions get their way, only unionized employers will be able pay their employees less than $15 an hour.

Over the past year, “Fight for 15” has swept the nation with labor unions organizing strikes in an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Los Angeles has joined New York, Seattle, and San Francisco in enacting this higher minimum wage – the highest among major developed countries.
But now that Los Angeles unions got what they lobbied for, they want to exempt their members from the higher minimum wage.
Ironically, the labor unions fought against exemptions for restaurants and other small businesses burdened by the hike.
Unions argued they shouldn’t get special treatment because the higher wages would benefit everyone.
Rusty Hicks, co-chairman of the Los Angeles Raise the Wage Campaign and head of the Los Angeles county Federation of Labor, argued that, “raising the minimum wage in L.A. County would help lift county workers, contractors and workers in unincorporated areas out of poverty and stimulate the economy.”
Now, Hicks thinks that organized companies deserve an exemption. In a statement he argued,
“This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”
Such special treatment is hard to square with Hicks’ principled arguments for the wage hike.
But it would certainly help unions gain new members and more dues. Businesses could only pay lower wages by hiring their members – quite the incentive to unionize.

So let’s make sure we understand this, the unions who fought against an exemption for restaurants and other small businesses, now demand their members be exempt?
My guess is the feckless Democrats who run Los Angeles will give in to their union sponsors and approve the exemption.
What do you think about this galling display of liberal hypocrisy?


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