In a rather amazing case of hypocrisy and selfish greed the same unions in Los Angeles that campaigned for a $15 minimum wage then tried to have lower wages than that, but just for their own union members. The reason is obvious. Lower wages for union members than non-union means more money for the people that run the unions. Its a way to rub out the competition using the government corruptly. By forcing employers to pay higher wages to non-union workers than union workers it will increase the number of union workers, which increases union fees, and thus enriches the union officials. It could not be more simple.
Hypocrisy Thy Name Is Union; Unions Demand Exemption From LA’s $15 Minimum Wage
This is really quite glorious as a display of sheer naked chutzpah. The labour unions have been, as one would expect them to have been, very strong supporters of the Fight for $15 movement, that group and campaign organising to impose a $15 an hour minimum wage around the country. And those labour unions also obviously supported the move to make the minimum wage that $15 an hour in Los Angeles. All of which makes complete and total sense even if the demand for $15 an hour itself does not. However, here comes the dropping of the other shoe. The unions are now insisting that that $15 an hour should not actually be the minimum wage in workplaces where unions are involved. Unionised shops should be allowed to set the wage lower than $15 if that’s what they want to do. This could be described as chutzpah, as I have above. It could also be described as repulsively naked arrogance, your choice there.
Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.
The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Read More: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/05/27/hypocrisy-they-name-is-union-unions-demand-exemption-from-las-15-minimum-wage/
One of the primary arguments against unions in general is that they get in the way of employees and employers voluntarily negotiating an agreement that works for them both. A union boss in LA, Rusty Hicks, used that very same anti-union argument in a bizarre manner to explain why he is in favor of lower wages for his members.
“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,” said Rusty Hicks, head of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, introducing the proposed amendment on Wednesday. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”