Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Union Cheers Minimum Rate Hikes

Unions are probably the number one beneficiary of higher minimum wage laws. The higher minimum wage laws prevent non-union workers to compete for jobs based on price. It is a governmet-run protection racket for those who are able to get union jobs, at the expense of outsiders.

Mary Kay Henry president of the SEIU sent out a note cheering on the slamming of the door on low-skilled, non-union workers:
Despite a tough night with many close races, a key takeaway from Election Day is the progress made toward raising wages for working families for an economy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few.

Raising the minimum wage was a winning issue yesterday in red, blue, and purple states.
In deeply conservative states like Nebraska and South Dakota, the economy isn't working for working people and the message from voters was clear: we've got to increase wages.

In San Francisco, where workers will get to $15 an hour a year ahead of Seattle, we saw incredible momentum built from the Fight for $15, where workers have had the courage to come out and call for wages they can raise a family on without having to cobble together 2-3 jobs and still live on the brink.

Working families issues also prevailed in Oakland with the increase in the wage to $12.25 and earned sick time, which also passed in Massachusetts.

The minimum-wage results and wins in Governors' races in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Connecticut show that working families want action on higher wages...

The wins in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Connecticut and in the minimum wage initiatives show that there is a clear path forward for working people. Working people will keep fighting for higher wages and good jobs, at the ballot box, in the workplace, in our communities and on the streets.
If it was as easy as voting for higher wages, why don't we all just vote for a $1,000 an hour wage?


  1. Feasible it money Imagineering continues. There's no limit to the number ot zeros we can add to currencies, invoices, and payroll checks.

  2. Raising the minimum wage is one of the few PC tolerated weapons to fighting the globalist elite desire for cheap imported labor (which all too many dubious libertarians support)--with the cost of such labor, in taxes paid for services, put on the public.

    1. That is absolutely ridiculous. Raising the minimum wage is more likely to ensure that the globalist elite benefit from more jobs being done overseas and good imported to the United States because it will be that much more cost effective. Government services have nothing to do with cheap imported labor. If anything, they serve as incentives to import more cheap labor, which lowers wages further, because the decision to work for low wages in the US is being subsidized, making a far better deal than whatever opportunities those people have in their native countries.

    2. It might mean more off-shoring or automation and fewer jobs, that is understood and why the issue needs more input rather than libertarians being useful idiots for the Cheap Labor Lobby.

  3. "The answer to that question is obvious, Robert. It would cause inflation." -Paul Krugman

  4. Re: Local Ale,

    ---"Raising the minimum wage is one of the few PC tolerated weapons to fighting the globalist elite desire for cheap imported labor"---

    The minimum wage actually makes this imported cheap labor more attractive, not less.

    1. It does encourage black market labor, there is no question, but the same cities can deal with that as they please. I am not saying I support the tactic, just pointing out that siding with the Cheap Labor Lobby on the min wage doesn't help expand the imagination.

  5. "If it was as easy as voting for higher wages, why don't we all just vote for a $1,000 an hour wage?"

    The ones calling for minimum wage never seem to want to answer this question.