ToDaZeD “Unintended” Consequences


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  1. Mister Trump sez a higher minimum wage is just terrific.

    Just sayin’.

    Comment by Fawkes News (V for Article V) — May 17, 2016 @ 8:21 am

  2. It’s all Wobbly.

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan — May 17, 2016 @ 9:31 am

  3. The SEIU people are scum. I know, I was an involuntary forced member for years.

    Comment by mojo — May 17, 2016 @ 9:53 am

  4. How much did that $36,400,000 expenditure “give our economy the boost it needs to grow”?
    Probably a whole bunch – union leaders, lobbyists and legislators had regular great lunches and some awesome meetings in nice resorts.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — May 17, 2016 @ 9:56 am

  5. Los Angeles city council [heard] to exempt union members from a $15 an hour minimum wage that the unions themselves have spent years fighting for.

    …They argue that such exemptions might make businesses more open to unionization.

    Unions now push for lower wages?
    Yeah, so joining a union will be the only way to get a job,
    and having a union shop is the only way to make a profit.
    Yep, $15 is all a scam.

    Remember, the real minimum wage is zero.

    Comment by DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this) — May 17, 2016 @ 11:25 am

  6. (3) Mojo, Yeah, the SEIU crowd are the bastards that tried to force us to join their union. Some of us were allowed to vote but our “I was the worst senator ever” Governor Dayton had his heavy hand in the mix and tried to legislate it into existence. Last time I checked, we were independent business owners operating a childcare from our home. When they finally held the vote, the union was rejected. Not even close. An epic ass whooping.

    Comment by MikeG — May 17, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

  7. I’ve been telling the folks around here to learn to fix robots that will be taking those minimum wage jobs and somebody needs to keep them running well.

    And to deal with them when they go bad

    Comment by mech — May 17, 2016 @ 3:08 pm

  8. ^3., mojo: Were you a “home health care worker”; i.e., someone who was receiving benefits from the Illinois Home Service Program, allowing said person to stay at home to take care of an ailing family member? Former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich (D), signed an executive order, defining such people as “Illinois State Employees”. This allowed the state to deduct union dues (as much as $750 per year) from people receiving benefits from the state. The main beneficiary of this executive order? The SEIU. Former governor, Pat Quinn followed up, declaring that Medicaid-funded home health-care workers (again, people staying home to care for ailing family members) were also “state employees”. The AFSCME sued to get themselves declared as the sole representatives of “state home health care workers”. In 2009, the issue was put to a state-sanctioned mail-in vote. Both unions lost big by a 2-to-1 vote. “Workers” overwhelmingly indicated that they didn’t want to be “represented” by either union. Governor Quinn was later defeated by Republican, Bruce Rauner.

    Comment by Thunderbottom — May 17, 2016 @ 7:35 pm

  9. I heard some union wages are set by contract as a multiplier of the minimum wage – increase the minimum wage, you automatically increase pay for union workers. True?

    Comment by PapaMAS — May 19, 2016 @ 4:47 am

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