Monday, July 22, 2013

ALEC's Stinking Thinking on Wages

ProPublica is doing an investigative study on internships.

They have multiple articles already posted based on their investigation noting such items as:

To put it simply, the current arrangement between employers and unpaid interns is neither fair nor sustainable. The set-up — where organizations hire workers under pet names such as “apprentice” or “volunteer” and pass off full-time employees’ responsibilities without compensation — undermines a large pool of people in this country, typically young folks.
Since students from low- and middle-class backgrounds often don’t have the means to accept unpaid internships, Dennis wrote, their chances of landing a job decrease. Subsequently, their perspectives are absent from news coverage. And that, Dennis wrote, “alienates a large portion of the American population.”

I couldn't help thinking about their investigation and series of articles when I ran into a little bit of something this past week.

And yes, it has to do with ALEC

ALEC legislators have been working extremely hard to gut workers wages.
And the home office of ALEC sets them a good example to benchmark from when it comes to paying grunts.

A recently released report
The Politics of Wage Suppression: Inside ALEC’s Legislative Campaign Against Low Paid Workers

notes that:
   ...  since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills aiming to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state and local level, and 67 of these 105 bills were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by legislators affiliated with ALEC.
It also states that:
 "ALEC legislators have worked to weaken wage standards at the state level by repealing state minimum wage laws, reducing minimum wage rates for youth and tipped workers, weakening overtime compensation policies, and preventing the establishment of local living wage and prevailing wage ordinances."
"reducing minimum wage rates for youth"

Think about this:
According to ALEC's IRS filings, over the past three years it has raised $21,615,465
from corporations, foundations, and other sources
Revenue - average $7 million dollars a year.
$7 million dollars a year - on average
Now consider this Internship announcement at
Media & Comm.
Fall, Spring, Summer
Unpaid ($10 a day)
My guess would be:
    the university considers it”unpaid”.
    ALEC thinks $10 A DAY is a good wage for a college educated intern
            even though their revenues are $7 million a year.

That's a prefect  example of the stinking thinking that the American Legislative Exchange Council holds when it comes to wages.

ALEC Annual Meeting
40th Anniversary
Palmer House Hotel

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