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We Meant for You to Pay Minimum Wage – Not for Us to Pay Minimum Wage. Got It?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Minimum wage advocates struggle to walk the talk: Editorial

The Oregonian Editorial Board

House Speaker Tina Kotek acknowledged last week that the 2015 Legislature will adjourn without increasing the minimum wage. But the issue is likely to remain at the forefront of political discussion

Even some minimum-wage advocates are finding it hard to live by the rules they propose. One recent example, pointed out by Portland public affairs consultant Cody McLaughlin: Advocacy group Working America advertised through Facebook for field managers for the $15 minimum wage campaign. McLaughlin asked what the pay was. The answer: $12.25 an hour, increasing to $15 after 90 days…

Consider what happened in Los Angeles. Last month, the city council approved a five-year plan to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Late in the campaign for that increase, labor unions, which had led the push for a higher wage, made a surprising request: They wanted collectively bargained contracts to be exempt from the new standard…

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The irony simply couldn’t be more delicious – the “advocacy” group that wants everyone else to pay workers $15/hour wants to pay its workers $12.25/hour.

Unions that scream themselves hoarse lecturing about “fairness,” “living wages” and “the little guy” want to negotiate contracts at less than minimum wage.

There’s nothing we can add to this, so we’ll just quote 19th century cleric Frederick William Robertson:

There are three things in the world that deserve no mercy: hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny.


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