Recently sworn-in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a $15 minimum wage at a New York City airport Monday; bizarrely complaining about the price of a croissant while seemingly unaware the minimum wage at the transportation hub is actually $19 an hour.
“Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE,” she tweeted. “Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??”
Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE ????
Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2019
The Congresswoman is apparently unaware the minimum wage for New York airport workers was raised to $19 in September 2018.
“On Thursday, the campaign ended in victory for as many as 40,000 airport workers who are now on a path to earning at least $19 an hour, the highest minimum wage target set by any public agency in the country,” reported the New York Times.
“It will go well beyond the $15 minimum hourly wage that several cities have enacted and that New York State will adopt as the base wage for many workers at the end of the year,” adds the article.
The minimum wage at LaGuardia Airport is not $15 per hour, it’s $19 per hour https://t.co/c90KCjoaZy
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 1, 2019
Read the New York Times’ report here.
BERNIE’S LESSON: Amazon Cuts Bonuses, Stock Options After Minimum Wage Hike
Online retail giant Amazon is cutting back on bonuses and other stock options for its warehouse workers after it raised its minimum wage for all employees to at least $15 an hour; a sharp rebuke of Sen. Bernie Sanders public crusade against one of the nation’s largest corporations.
According to Bloomberg, “Warehouse workers for the e-commerce giant in the U.S. were eligible in the past for monthly bonuses that could total hundreds of dollars per month as well as stock awards, said two people familiar with Amazon’s pay policies. The company informed those employees Wednesday that it’s eliminating both of those compensation categories to help pay for the raises.”
The revised payment scheme may actually result in “less wages” for certain workers.
“Because it’s no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable,” Amazon said.
The announcement comes just weeks after Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his full-fledged campaign against the one of the nation’s largest companies; unveiling new legislation that would impose a stiff tax for government benefits received by full-time employees.
Read the full story at Bloomberg.
LIBERAL LESSON: Whole Foods Slashes Worker Hours after $15 Minimum Wage Hike
Months after parent-company Amazon conceded to public pressure from Democratic lawmakers and raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees; Whole Foods has slashed worker hours and other benefits to cope with the increased labor costs.
“Since the wage increase, Whole Food employees have told the Guardian that they have experienced widespread cuts that have reduced schedule shifts across many stores, often negating wage gains for employees,” reports the Guardian.
“The Illinois-based worker explained that once the $15 minimum wage was enacted, part-time employee hours at their store were cut from an average of 30 to 21 hours a week, and full-time employees saw average hours reduced from 37.5 hours to 34.5 hours,” adds the report.
“We just have to work faster to meet the same goals in less time,” said one employee. “My hours went from 30 to 20 a week.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is launching a national campaign to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour across the country; raising serious concerns from employers and small businesses on how to handle the increased costs.
Read the full report here.