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.