DNC FACING LAWSUITS FOR NON-LIVING WAGE TO EMPLOYEES
by Marty Carlson
Multiple media outlets have reported dozens of Democratic National Committee field workers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Democratic party for failing to pay overtime and to not pay minimum wage to its own employees. The DNC mantra has been to push employers to pay $15 an hour minimum wage but apparently don’t feel that same passion with their own employees when they have to foot the bill.
An attorney representing the DNC fieldworkers, argued the Democratic Party failed to pay workers a minimum wage and denied them over time compensation. The lawsuit seeks fair pay for fair work, he also stated “they need to hold the Democratic Party to the very ideals that it embraces.”
The Democratic platform in 2016 push for the $15 an hour minimum wage, nearly double of the current minimum, and promised to defend an Obama – era regulation forcing employers to pay a higher rate to employees for working more than 40 hours.
According to the attorney, DNC workers put in 80 to 90 hours per week and got only $3000 a month in compensation. “They got paid a flat salary of $3000 a month which is not even minimum wage for some of the hours that they were working”
Recent studies show most members of Congress who have supported the legislation to boost minimum wage don’t even pay their interns. But there mantra has constantly been “they deserve a living wage.”
Of the 205 House and Senate sponsors of the raise the wage act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 only a dozen pay their interns while the rest – 94% – do not, says the Employment Policies Institute.
The Institute supports unpaid internships to give young people valuable work experience. But the group’s research director stated it is “hypocritical” for lawmakers to seek to raise the minimum wage and claim everybody deserves a living wage, and not pay their own interns.
My personal opinion is that there does need to be an upgrade in the minimum wage that have been too long without a decent increase. But this Could also put many employers out of business and be a loss of jobs. So it all needs to be considered.
But my biggest issue is if the leaders of this country want to pass legislation for these types of things they need to also set the example in their own office. It is pure hypocrisy if that’s not done.
I constantly see government passing legislation that affects the citizens of this country that they also turn around and exempt themselves from that same legislation apparently telling us they don’t have to live by the same rules or possibly that they’re just simply better than us. It’s happening massively in Sacramento right now. And it can only be done because we let it be done and we don’t do anything about.