May 27, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to reports that the L.A. County Federation of Labor is seeking an exemption from the $15 an hour minimum wage law they advocated:
“It is almost criminal that the very labor union leaders who have urged the Los Angeles City Council to destroy thousands of jobs in their successful campaign to raise the City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, now are asking that union jobs be exempted from the wage law.
“This tacit admission that the minimum wage law pushed by the L.A. County Federation of Labor is bad for business and will lead to the elimination of jobs is Kafkaesque in its cynicism. Apparently labor leaders have given up on convincing workers to join unions and now seek to convince employers to embrace the sub-minimum wage that they promise to deliver should they get their special carve out.
“In light of this demand to allow unions to negotiate and maintain sub-minimum wages, the City should reconsider and abandon their $15 an hour minimum wage folly.”
Note: Rick Manning is a former resident of Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Southern California, the largest employer in the City.
“L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers,” Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2015 at http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-los-angeles-minimum-wage-unions-20150526-story.html
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