Rules for thee but not for me.
This seems to happen frequently. As we noted in 2013, the IRS and other workers’ unions wanted an exemption from Obamacare, despite the fact that they would be trusted with enforcing it and had been avid supporters of it.
Now labor leaders in Los Angeles, who pushed for a minimum wage hike, are suggesting that unions should be exempt from that very rule.
From the LA Times:
L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers
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.
For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.
It’s not difficult to see why unions want to be exempt. If businesses can’t afford to pay the minimum wage, and the only potential employees who are exempt are union members, who will businesses be forced to hire?
Bret Baier covered the story on Special Report yesterday:
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