The hypocrisy is almost neck deep in Los Angeles, where regional union leaders pushed their hardest for an economy and business-killing $15 minimum wage, and now in the waning hours before the legislation officially passes are desperately trying to infuse the text with exemptions that would allow companies employing union workers to negotiate around the new minimum.
Let’s quote LA Federation of Labor Head, Rusty Hicks (the fact that a man named Rusty was elected to head anything tells you all you need to know about unions, doesn’t it?), via the LA Times:
But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.
“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,” Hicks said in a statement. “This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”
The freedom Rusty says! After initiating legislation that mandates a wage be paid, which wasn’t voted on by the population (only the city council) and which is enforced by a coercive government, this man somehow has the gall to use the term “freedom” in his statement. Appalling.
Can there be any better illustration as to how ridiculous, corrupt, self-serving and unneeded unions are? These groups push for an unsustainable wage that will bankrupt small businesses all over California, forcing companies out of state and creating a cyclone of unemployment with twirling spirals of formerly employed residents, new workers who flocked to chase the money, and the ever-present mass influx of illegal labor (with some 2 million new “legalized” workers set to get benefits in CA this year). Yet, they themselves insist on a way around the law, so that employees can negotiate different wages. Why not stay out of it and let the employees do this from the get-go?
The answer is simple – it’s self-serving pocket lining for union leaders – a fact hit upon by Ruben Gonzalez of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, which quite rightly opposed the wage hike.
“I’d refer everyone back to the statements of labor leaders over the past seven months that no one deserves a sub-minimum wage,” said Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president for public policy and political affairs with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the minimum wage increase passed by the City Council.
Gonzalez said the change sought by labor officials could pressure companies into letting employees unionize as a way to seek relief from the mandated wage hike.
“Once again, the soaring rhetoric of helping the working poor is just a cover for city government acting as a tool of organized labor,” he said.
So let’s recap the Union strategy here, ratified by Los Angeles’ City Council, which is either
- A: Convinced this will garner votes from the uninformed and economically ignorant masses
- B: Wholly uneducated in basic economic matters, supply and demand and simple math
- C: Corrupt
- D: All of the above
…Resulting in the potential ratification of legislation that will force everyone non-union to comply, include language benefitting only unions in order to increase union rolls and dues, and only then allow regular business to occur between employer and employee as business was meant to be. How incredibly corrupt, underhanded and awful.
All I can think of after this legislation passes will be the sad “wah-wah” of a trombone. A Rusty trombone, if you will.
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