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July 25, 2016 202-677-7060
Workforce Fairness Institute Launches Campaign Highlighting Union Hypocrisy & Unfair Worker Treatment At Democratic Convention
Effort Includes Geo-Targeted & Digital Advertising, Targeted Taxi & Hotel Advertising, & Mobile Bicycle Advertising
Washington, D.C. – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today announced that it is undertaking a digital and mobile advertising campaign during the Democratic National Convention to highlight union hypocrisy on the $15 minimum wage as they seek and receive exemptions in cities where it has been approved by lawmakers that target their own members.
Heather Greenaway, spokesperson for the WFI, issued the following statement:
“Big Labor has lied to the public and worse their own members about the minimum wage. As they seek to have it raised at the municipal, state and federal levels, in backroom deals with politicians, they are carving out exemptions for rank and file with one purpose, facilitating the unionization of non-unionized workplaces. With the national Democratic platform supporting a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, union bosses’ hypocrisy is on full display in Philadelphia and stands in stark contrast to the national party’s policy. The Workforce Fairness Institute will not rest until the deceit perpetrated by organized labor is fully exposed both locally and nationally.”
Reid J. Epstein
July 25, 2016
The Wall Street Journal
One big victory Bernie Sanders supporters won when the Democratic Party wrote its platform was including his call for a $15 minimum wage.
But this week in Philadelphia, Democratic delegates and other convention-goers will get a series of stark reminders that the union organizers who have been among the loudest advocates for a $15-per-hour wage floor have also sought carve-outs to allow companies to pay their own members less if they hire union workers, giving unions a key bargaining chip.
The Workforce Fairness Institute, which has for years fought union-backed legislation in Washington, is airing advertisements across the Democratic National Convention – targeted to mobile devices in and near the convention’s arena and conference center, delegate hotels and Philadelphia’s airport.
“Are big labor bosses giving you less than you bargained for?” the ad asks.
The institute’s ads will also air in local taxi cabs and on signs carried by bicycles being ridden near the convention on streets where vehicular traffic is banned this week.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed raising it to $12 per hour, less than the $15 Mr. Sanders and union organizers have sought. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is set to the federal wage floor, but Philadelphia municipal law requires paying workers at least $12 per hour.
Several municipalities – including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington – have in recent years increased their minimum wage floors but allow exemptions to pay some unionized workers less.
The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.
To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.