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For months, organized labor went after companies like McDonalds and Walmart, shaming any business that paid the old minimum wage. Carrying signs saying, "We see greed" and "We are worth more," union members marched outside businesses and appeared at City Council meetings demanding Los Angeles raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 by 2020.
"We say, 'Don't leave anybody out, don't cut anybody out, a wage raise for all workers!'" Mary Elena Durazo, the longtime leader of the 600,000-strong Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, told a cheering crowd of supporters at a recent council meeting.
"It was a real surprise that in the 11th hour that labor was saying, 'well, we basically support a sub-minimum wage if a company decides to enter into collective bargaining,'" Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said. "And that really is a complete contradiction to what they've been saying the last couple of months."
Councilmen Mike Bonin and O'Farrell are opposing the move.
"It is not acceptable to expect the L.A. City Council to become a vehicle for union organizing," said O'Farrell. "That is not what we were elected to do and that is not what I will engage in."
originally posted by: SubTruth
a reply to: Metallicus
The cash flow and power unions have is going to vanish because of poor leadership and decisions. If I was running the union I would take a much different route and truth be told it would work. I would focus on value and workers.
If unions continue down this path they will fail......Every last one of you...........
originally posted by: ketsuko
I got a taste of $15/hour fast food on Wednesday. We went to the local amusement park. They had three workers in the booth. A footlong hot dog chili-cheese combo with fries and a 20 oz drink cost $13.50. It's not like it was horrible, but it's not like it was any better than Sonic quality, either.
I was sitting there with my husband and said, "You know ... we could be paying this much and having a nice meal at somewhere like Olive Garden with table service, endless salad/breadsticks, bottomless drinks."
They could not get our drinks out in an organized manner, and the rest of the meal came in similar pieces. Granted, they had some issues like inexperienced staff and one of them was working on a bum foot. But still ...
I have seen that future.
originally posted by: stormcell
I guess the unions just figured out that if employers are forced to pay more per employee, they are going to employee fewer people. Boost wages by 20% and that is 20% less employees.
originally posted by: links234
a reply to: OccamsRazor04
Yes, but, you're missing the collective bargaining part. You think the employees are going to agree to less than minimum wage with no benefits? Would you agree to that?
Exempting unions from the minimum wage is great for unions and employees, not so much for employers, which isn't such a bad thing.