We stand in strong support of the broad campaign to #RaiseTheWage leading up to & following 10/10, & its our responsibility to keep it going
AFL-CIO has attempted to build momentum for the president’s $10.10 minimum wage campaign in the days leading up to 10/10, portraying the current $7.25 minimum wage as too little to support a family when working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year.
In 2013, less than 5 percent of American workers and less than 3 percent of those over the age of 25 were paid minimum wage. Studies have shown minimum wage hikes reduce employment among young, unskilled workers.
Another theme of AFL-CIO’s minimum wage messaging has been “income inequality,” with AFL-CIO asserting in a recent ad, “all the income gains of the last 15 years went to the richest 10 percent of Americans.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a category that includes Richard Trumka, whose $272,250 gross salary alone put him well into the top 5 percent.
Trumka isn’t the only union boss to demand a higher minimum wage while taking more than 20 times the current $7.25 rate from American workers.
AFSCME describes a federal minimum wage hike as “a civil rights issue,” and AFSCME President Lee Saunders screamed for “solidarity” at a recent Ohio AFL-CIO convention. Saunders was paid $350,058, the equivalent of $168.30 per hour, during the union’s 2013 fiscal year.
AFT President Randi Weingarten recently celebrated expanded “living wage” mandatesfrom far-left New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, suggesting DeBlasio’s action was a model for the whole state.
Weingarten was paid $557,875, the equivalent of $268.21 per hour, during the teachers union’s 2014 fiscal year.
Earlier this year, Trumka participated in a bus tour demanding a $10.10 minimum wage. AFL-CIO and Communist Party USA have hammered Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint’s disinterest in debating Trumka on the issue, and AFL-CIO has attacked minimum wage hike critics with “Koch Sisters” ads.
Not to be outdone, Service Employees International Union, whose 1.8 million public- and private-sector members are not affiliated with AFL-CIO, has called steeper government wage mandates “essential for advancing civil & human rights today.”
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was paid $295,870 in 2013, or $142.25 per hour.