Apparently, Unions in Los Angeles are big believers in “Do What I say, Not What I Do.” Los Angeles recently joined a number of liberal cities in passing a bill that would raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Now, Unions are clamoring for an exemption from the legislation for employers who are unionized. An article on the subject can be found here.
The takeaway from this article is that everyone knows an artificially high minimum wage is bad for the economy, including the unions and other groups who are pushing for the legislation. Organized labor want to make sure that the employees they represent don’t lose their jobs when employers look to move operations, automate, and reduce headcount when the increased minimum wage takes effect. More importantly, this exception, if passed, would penalize non-union employers through a higher mandatory wage scale and discourage employers from fighting against unionization.