Do as the Seattle-based Freedom Socialist Party says, not as it does. The group, which lives on the web at socialism.com, is a champion of raising the minimum wage nationally to $15 per hour. Except when it comes to the group’s own hires.
Witness this job posting:
Organization lobbying for $15/hour minimum wage posts “web content manager” listing for $13/hour. pic.twitter.com/UgvUqdbQeR
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) October 16, 2014
The Washington Free Beacon has more:
The advertised job’s Indeed.com description says that the wage is negotiable depending on experience, but the group has said that living wage must start at at least $15 – not $13 or $14 an hour.
“Seattle livable? Not hardly! The Seattle fight has moved from the streets to City Hall. In May, new Mayor Ed Murray, Democrat, announced his proposal for $15/hour — for some workers, after several years. Healthcare, tips, and other ‘compensation’ would be calculated into their ‘income.’ In short, Mayor Murray’s plan caters to big business,” the group wrote in June.
They also accused big businesses of showing ‘phony concern’ for small businesses.
“The campaign for a $15 minimum wage could expose big business’ phony concern for small businesses by demanding solutions that correct the huge tax imbalance between corporations and genuinely small businesses,” the group wrote.
The blatant hypocrisy in the Freedom Socialist Party’s actions is hardly an exception among liberals who often tend to be as tight-fisted as they are high-minded. Earlier this month, Rusty Weiss reported on a New York congressional candidate, Aaron Woolf, who admitted to paying employees at his Brooklyn restaurant less than the living wage. Then there is the example of the Democratic pol who chided Republicans in May for not signing off a $10.10 minimum wage bill but has stubbornly resisted calls to increase the hourly wage paid to his own interns — which is currently $0.00. His name? Barack Obama.
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