Labor Unions Push For $15 Min. Wage, Then Ask For Exemption

Liberals across the country celebrated when Los Angeles adopted a law that would raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. However, now the very unions who lobbied in support of the law are asking to be exempted.

The exemption which would allow unionized firms to pay wages under the mandated minimum of $15 an hour is being criticized on the left and the right.

Of course, with public backlash now pouring in, it is very possible such an exemption will be rejected.
But the fact that these unions pushed for a higher wage which they intended to seek exemption from demonstrates the highest level of hypocrisy.

Unions know higher wages will freeze out low skilled workers and limit jobs by costing employers more money.

They have no problem limiting your employment options, but wish to seek special protection for theirs.

Union leaders say the law should not apply to collective bargaining agreements.

Rusty Hicks, head of the Federation of Labor, says “With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both.”

It is laughable that they fail to realize that business owners and employees should always be free to negotiate an agreement that works for both parties.

But unions want to reserve that right for themselves and allow bureaucrats to decide for you.
If enacted, the exemption will give unions an unbeatable competitive advantage in their industries, as other firms will be forced to pay higher wages.

Just another classic liberal example of prescribing laws to the public they have no intention of following themselves.