Economy, Issues, Unemployment

Union Bosses Demand Exception to Minimum Wage Bill They Demanded


Ask any union boss in Los Angeles and they’ll tell you it’s absolutely vital for the city government to enact legislation creating a $15 an hour minimum wage.

“No one deserves a sub-minimum wage” was the campaign slogan.

It turns out someone does deserve a sub-minimum wage and they are unions. Without a trace of irony

Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.

“With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”

Notably, this freedom to negotiate is reserved for union bosses only and not mere citizens.

Hicks’ ploy was called out by Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president for public policy and political affairs with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gonzalez said the change sought by labor officials could pressure companies into letting employees unionize as a way to seek relief from the mandated wage hike.

“Once again, the soaring rhetoric of helping the working poor is just a cover for city government acting as a tool of organized labor,” he said.

To sum up: union bosses favor lower wages for union shops and those workers will have the additional expense of being forced to pay union dues.  Sounds like a win-win for the union bosses and a lose-lose for workers in L.A.


  • pkthornton

    the unions who did their best to get this mess started should have to live with what they created.whoever allows them specal treatment should be prosecuted.whatever happened to unions negotiating better wages and benefits for their is nothing but a big power grab and they must not be allowed to get away with it.there needs to be mass protests against this happening so that any politician will think of his job before making special rules such as these.what is good for the goose,is good for the gander.under these conditions why would anybody want to be union except the employers?to become union just to make less than minimum wage,that is stupid

    • donald540

      These unions WERE a GOOD thing once but they became so HUGE and as an OLD SAYING goes the bigger they get the more power they have and the more powerful they are the more CORRUPT they get and the unions are HUGE.

      • pkthornton

        I 100 percent agree with you!there was a time when big business was enslaving the people who worked for them and the introduction of unions in the united states along with labor laws,ended this but now they have become corrupted and now they no longer look out for the workers and many times they are so selfish in what they ask employers for more than the employees are worth along with the fact that unions now protect lazy and incompetent workers,it makes things hard for the employers to be able to afford to pay well or to stay in business.although if the unions completely go away then the big companies will go back to the way they were before the unions existed

  • PLW

    Unions are similar to the U.S. Government, they have no morals, or shame…

    Unions just want to make more money and do not care about the Union Workers !!!

    The Workers were lied to and manipulated by the Unions !!!

    Just like Obamacare was lied about and forced upon the American Citizens !!!

  • jlcham

    The unions are the major cause of inflation. Basic economics, increased costs create increased prices. If they can’t see that, they have no business in business. Union bosses do it all so they can get richer.

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