Campaigners to raise the minimum wage busted advertising minimum wage jobs

Socialists are hypocrites the world over.

In New Zealand we have seen political parties on the left advocating for a living wage dreamed up by an Anglican vicar ?from Lower Hutt. The Wellington City Council adopted this arbitrary wage and one of the councillors voting for it was busted paying his own staff minimum wage and refused to pay them the same wage he voted the council to pay their workers.

We saw Laila Harre advocating and pushing the living wage as well while in the employ of a fat German man who exploited his workers paying them far below the minimum wage, ?for which there will be some?fall out in due course via the Employment Court.

Now in Seattle a similar campaign has been busted for being sanctimonious hypocrites themselves.

The website of Seattle?s Freedom Socialist Party lists its most recent presidential candidate Stephen Durham?s political positions, which include the party?s effort to ?raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.? The group also avidly supported a successful push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Seattle, which passed this year. However, as?Zenon Evans at?Reason?pointed out, that same political party just got caught posting a $13-per-hour job listing seeking a web content manager with web development skills.?

Opponents of increases to the minimum wage often cite unintended consequences like price inflation, the elimination of jobs for unskilled workers, and small businesses??inability to pay higher wages as reasons for opposing such measures. As a small non-profit, the Freedom Socialist Party would certainly be wise to limit its labor expenses to the extent possible considering the fact that it is competing with organizations like the Republican and Democratic parties that have exponentially bigger budgets.

However, the Freedom Socialist Party promised that its push for a $15-per-hour Seattle minimum wage would ?leave no one behind.? The party?s?article promoting Seattle?s minimum wage hike includes this choice quote, ?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? Concretely, Murray?s proposition affects 102,000 working people in Seattle.? In that quote, party activist Linda Averill?effectively criticizes loopholes in Seattle?s minimum wage that allow some employers to get around it.

One such loophole allows small employers like the Freedom Socialist Party to wait seven years before fully implementing the $15 minimum wage. The City of Seattle?s posting on the new minimum wage law says, ?Small employers (businesses with fewer than 500 employees) will reach a $15 an hour minimum wage in seven years. Also established is a temporary guaranteed minimum compensation responsibility of $15 an hour to be met within the first five years, which can be achived [sic] by combining employer-paid health care contributions, consumer-paid tips, and employer-paid wages.? Consequently, the Freedom Socialist Party is not technically violating the minimum wage law that it promoted, but is merely using a loophole that it criticized to leave its own future web content manager behind with regards to the $15-per-hour pay rate.