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July 11, 2016 202-677-7060
Democratic Party Platform Opposes Union Minimum Wage Exemptions
In Calling For $15 Minimum Wage Indexed To Inflation, Big Labor’s Forced Unionization Scheme Repudiated
Washington, D.C. – Today, Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute, issued the following statement:
“With the Democratic Party platform including an amendment for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour in addition to indexing it to inflation, this serves as a repudiation of the campaign undertaken by union bosses to exempt their own members from the job-killing policy they are forcing on small businesses across the country,” said Greenaway. “With this platform, Big Labor has lost all credibility as it campaigns for an increased minimum wage out of one side of its mouth, while then asking municipalities for exemptions for employers who organize in what can only be described as forced unionization. It is time union bosses are exposed for the rampant hypocrisy and dishonestly they have exhibited on this issue, and we are fortunate the Democratic Party platform has provided exposure to this important issue.”
Democratic Platform Embraces $15 An Hour Minimum Wage As Well As Indexing It:
“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union. We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California. We should raise and index the minimum wage, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy. We also support creating one fair wage for all workers by ending the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers and people with disabilities.” (“2016 Democratic Party Platform DRAFT July 1, 2016,” Page Seven, Accessed 7/11/16)
The Associated Press: “Sanders Scores Platform Victory, Calls For $15 Minimum Wage”:
“Bernie Sanders’ crusade to shape the Democratic party platform scored a win late Friday night, with the approval of an amendment calling for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 over time … The meeting of the Democratic National Convention full Platform Committee began slowly in an Orlando hotel ballroom on Friday, but Sanders’ supporters were pleased when they approved an amendment to the platform backing raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour ‘over time,’ indexed to inflation. The earlier draft did not explicitly call for the $15 federal minimum wage.” (Catherine Lucey & Ken Thomas, “Sanders Scores Platform Victory, Calls For $15 Minimum Wage,” The Associated Press, 7/9/16)
“Why Unions Exempt Themselves from Hard-Fought Minimum Wage Hikes”:
“Unions have been at the forefront of drives to raise the minimum wage to $10, $12, or $15 an hour. Take Fight for $15, funded by the Service Employees International Union, demonstrations that occur regularly outside fast food outlets. Or, take Black Friday demonstrations outside Walmart, organized annually the day after Thanksgiving by OUR Walmart, funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers. But now that unions have achieved their goal in Los Angeles, their leaders want to exempt unionized workplaces from the minimum wage hike. Reasonable people might think that unions’ battles to raise the minimum wage are motivated by concern for low-income Americans. The union-funded Los Angeles campaign, Raise the Wage, stated, ‘Raise the minimum wage – and not just a little, but enough to bring the hundreds of thousands of Angelenos who power our economy into the middle class. It’s good for business, it’s good for taxpayers, and, most of all, it’s the right thing to do for workers, who have earned it.’ The Los Angeles City Council was persuaded, and voted to increase the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour. Although the union-funded Raise the Wage campaigned so vociferously in favor of a $15.25 minimum wage, unions are seeking exemptions from the higher wages for their members. The exemption, or escape clause, would allow them greater strength in organizing workplaces. Unions can tell fast food chains, hotels, and hospitals that if they agree to union representation, their wage bill will be substantially lower. That will persuade employers to allow the unions to move in.” (Diana Furchtgott-Roth, “Why Unions Exempt Themselves From Hard-Fought Minimum Wage Hikes,” Manhattan Institute, 5/28/15)
The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.
To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.