The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

AFL-CIO Wants to Opt-Out Union Workers from Minimum Wage

Jun 22, 2015

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor applauded the city council vote last week to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour by 2020.

But the union heads want to opt-out union workers from the minimum wage ordinance, to allow the unions to negotiate with the businesses for wages lower than that mandated by law! They’re proposing a sub-minimum wage for unionized workers!

In Oakland, San Francisco and Chicago, the union heads successfully pushed to incorporate similar opt-out provisions into the minimum wage ordinances of these cities.

As one MTA bus operator commented “It [this opt-out proposal] does not make sense. They should be fighting for higher wages for everybody.”

Yes, it does not make sense for the workers. But, it makes a lot of sense for the union heads who want to act like bosses in partnership with the business bosses. These heads see their business as selling workers to a lowest bidder in exchange for a seat at the table and union dues.