Don’t You Dare Ask for an Increase in the Minimum Wage, You Peasants

July 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM 1 comment

This, from San Francisco:

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Walking home from Pando’s office a few nights ago, I noticed this giant new billboard…

Its message — that minimum wage increases will lead to service workers being replaced by apps — is continued on an accompanying website — BadIdeaCA — which claims to be “holding activists accountable for minimum wage consequences.”

So who the hell pays for billboards threatening waitstaff with redundancy if they demand a living wage? A bit of digging and clicking reveals that the campaign is backed by Employment Policies Institute, the conservative lobbying group which regularly campaigns on behalf of the restaurant industry.

Followers of Pando’s Techtopus coverage might remember the Institute for one of its key advisers, Kevin Murphy, aka “the man Silicon Valley’s CEOs turn to when they want to justify screwing workers“.



Entry filed under: Corporatocracy, We the People.

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  • 1. Tim Truett  |  July 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I think it’s beginning to dawn on me that EVERY “conservative” policy is mere consolidation of wealth by scare tactics. In every single sphere, international or domestic, medical to wages to immigration, what you can hear (and predict) loud and clear is “I’ve got mine, I want more from you, and you and you.” There can be no civic discourse or govt action that has even a remote chance of reducing a conservative’s income or costing him/her a nickle. For shame.

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