The minimum wage is a topic that has gained some traction in recent years with advocates such as Senator Bernie Sanders suggesting all workers should receive a “living wage” of at least $15 per hour. However, there appears to be a double standard when it comes to these same people paying their employees and/or interns.
3 Great Examples of The Minimum Wage Double Standard
Bernie Sanders’ Double Standard On The Minimum Wage
Bernie Sanders proudly announces that all workers deserve to make at least $15 an hour. But he only pays his interns $12! Even his full time interns only make $12 an hour. I guess he’s not concerned with his interns being able to live off of their wages he’s paying them.
Nancy Pelosi’s Double Standard On The Minimum Wage
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seems to have a double standard when it comes to paying her interns too. See for yourself in the video above.
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, the largest federation of labor unions in the US, has been fighting for years to get $15 an hour for workers in Los Angeles. Finally, a bill was passed promising workers $15 an hour by year 2020. After the passing of the bill, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor introduced a proposal to exempt them from the increased minimum wage law they spent years fighting for.
The union leaders argue the proposal would allow businesses and unions the freedom to negotiate contracts better. They claim that though it may include lower wages, the difference could be made up with other benefits such as healthcare. They say that the exemption might make businesses more open to unionization.
Do they think they’re the only industry that would benefit from an exemption from the minimum wage increase? How hypocritical to advocate a policy that they want an exemption from!