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How do liberal justify something like this?

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which led the fight for a $15 minimum wage, is now working to make sure employers under union contracts don’t have to implement the wage hikes, according to the Daily Signal.

The federation hid the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council, as it decides whether or not to follow Los Angeles and hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The labor union notes in the proposal all the reasons why the minimum wage should be hiked, then demands it be given an exemption so that it would not have to follow the minimum wage requirement.

Essentially, any employer with collective bargaining agreements would be able to skirt local law that mandates a $15 minimum wage, the exact wage the union fought to mandate in Los Angeles County.

Rusty Hicks, the head of the labor union, said last year that employees and employers under collective bargaining agreements should be allowed to negotiate wages below the minimum wage.

“This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement,” Hicks said. “And that is a good thing.”

The labor union has pulled this sort of stunt before.

Back when Los Angeles decided to increase its minimum wage from $9 to $15, the labor union immediately began pushing for exemptions that would allow them to skirt the county’s law after it fought to get the minimum wage hiked.

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