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L.A. Unions: “It’s good for thee, but not me”

You can’t make this stuff up.  It is a story that the Onion should be writing, but instead, we see it in the LA Times.  You’ve read about the new $15 minimum wage the city is imposing on employers?  And  you’ve also likely heard that unions were big backers of its imposition.

Well, now that the new minimum wage has passed, guess who wants an exemption?

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.

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.

Have you got that last part?  Unions should have the leeway to negotiate a wage below the mandated minimum wage.


“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.”

Apparently only unions can do that sort of negotiation.  The other dumb proles out there in fast food land, for instance, need the benevolent hand of government to mandate them out of a job.

The irony of that union boob’s statement is classic.  Other than the minimum wage law, what would stand in the way of any business and any employee from doing that routinely on their own? Oh, yeah, nothing … well, except that absurd law, now.

But you have to hand it too the unions for having the absolute big brass ones to put this out there.  They recognize the win-win nature of those sorts of negotiations – negotiations that in a free country would be unhampered by government interference.  But they want to limit them … to themselves.

They also want a little political payback and a decided advantage when competing against non-unionized companies who might bid on jobs they want.


Big. Brassy. Bold.

And they don’t even try to hide it anymore.


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7 Responses to L.A. Unions: “It’s good for thee, but not me”

  • Amazing! The union thug gets the whole idea of a free market where people are free to act like responsible, adult human beings…but ONLY if they belong to a union…!!!

    Which, of course, contradicts the PRIOR idea, since union members subjugate themselves to their collective bargaining agreement, which they DON’T have direct input in, and CANNOT individually negotiate.

    How funny…!!!

    • — Doublethink is *necessary tool* in Great Socialist Utopia, Comrade! —

      • Its attempting to turn the law into a competitive disadvantage for the competition. Don’t blame on delusion what you can blame of a complete lack of integrity.

  • Yet what has not been looked at nearly as much are the underlying conditions that either restrict or enhance upward mobility among racial minorities, including African-Americans, Latinos and Asians. In order to determine this, my colleague at Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism Wendell Cox and I developed a ranking system that included four critical factors: migration patterns, home ownership, self-employment and income.

    We found, for all three major minority groups, that the best places were neither the most liberal in their attitudes nor had the most generous welfare programs. Instead they were located primarily in regions that have experienced broad-based economic growth, have low housing costs, and limited regulation. In other words, no matter how much people like Bill de Blasio talk about the commitment to racial and class justice, the realities on the ground turn out to be quite different than he might imagine.

    Golly. Whodathunkit…???

  • “And they don’t even try to hide it anymore.”
    This is the most chilling aspect of their behavior. It means that corruption and cronyism are so permanently ingrained in the system that the players either do see or don’t care about the hypocrisy. Utterly shameful.

  • Bu….Bu…..
    Only evil Republican conservative business moguls like the Koch brother lobbiests try and use government to stifle competition!

    Because, uh, uh,
    War on women!!

    shoot, where’s my talking points sheet…..

    • I wish to sincerely apologize for my inaccurate portrayal above of the average progressive.

      Had this been an actual progressive and had there been a disconnect between what they saw happening and what they believed should be happening, they would have stuck with racism since everything that is wrong is a result of hatred of the President, who would have fixed these things if the racists hadn’t stopped him.
      There would have been no reflection or hesitation when their chosen talking point did not match reality or appear (to a sane person) to be relevant to the topic.