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.

  • Dana Lind

    So here is another case of ” it’s good for you but not for me”. Can any one remember the Obamacare exemptions, which by the way didn’t include labor unions? The Entire government get exempted from it but everyone else has to do it.. If it’s good for the goose, then it’s good for the gander.

  • cool breeze

    i don’t normally make bets but i’ll take a chance here; betchya SEIU jobs are minimum wage jobs. if squeezing more money from your employer is as easy as beating down the door to his/her office, why pay union dues. Besides, work place conflict and violence always make headlines

  • The redhawk

    SO Union Workers that PAY union Dues Must be Really Happy with their IDIOTS in the Leadership of SHEEPHOLES that still haven’t CUT and RUN from Unions…It cannpt be made up how Unions like Odumbo Abuse the Middle Class

  • curtmavi38

    Isn’t that lovely, the unions did all they could to get the minimum wage pushed through and now they want to be exempt from having to honor that law for the union workers. This is just another example of do what I say and not what I do. I say to them the choices you make have consequences, so just shut up and reap what you sow. meh

  • Greg137

    Typical, Left wing Hypocrisy… “we think people should be paid 15$ a our unless We have to pay for it, then we want an exemption from it…” Use to be that labor Unions supported the union worker now the Union are incentivizing nonunion workers… So, If you work for a union you are exempt from 15$ an hour pay…. Labor Unions know their time has past… They are dinosaurs.. And obviously who is going to pay for this 15$ an hour grunts? everybody??? And why would we do that? Labor unions, killing jobs since the the beginning of time…

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