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Rough start to the week for the DNC and big labor

Hope you’re having a better start to your week than the folks over at the Democratic National Committee and the AFL-CIO. There are two WFB stories out this morning:

  1. The Democratic National Committee is being sued by their own workers for failing to pay overtime and minimum wages – this is the same DNC that made the $15 minimum wage part of their party platform.
  2. A new report shows labor union presidents are making nearly $60,000 more than the average American CEO.
Rough start to the week for the DNC and big labor

First up, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic National Convention for failing to pay overtime and minimum wages:
Washington Free Beacon: DNC Workers Sue Party for Receiving Sub-Minimum Wages, No Overtime
By Sam Dorman
May 15, 2017
Dozens of field workers filed a class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, claiming the party pushing employers to pay a $15 minimum wage and more in overtime failed to pay overtime and minimum wages to its own employees.
Justin Swidler, the attorney representing field workers, claimed the Democratic Party failed to pay workers a minimum wage and denied them overtime compensation. Swidler reportedly “says the lawsuit seeks ‘fair pay for fair work,’ and holding the Democratic Party to the very ideals that it embraces,” according to CBS Philly.
The 2016 Democratic platform pushed for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a nearly $8 increase from the current minimum, and promised to defend an Obama-era regulation forcing employers to pay a higher rate to employers for working more than 40 hours.
Continue reading here.
Next up, a new report out shows that labor union leaders are making substantially more than the average private sector CEO.
Washington Free Beacon: Report: Union Presidents Are Paid More Than CEOs
Average salary for union leaders is nearly $60,000 higher than that of chief executives
By Bill McMorris
May 14, 2017
Leading union officials earned an average salary of $252,370 in 2016, outpacing the average salary of private sector chief executives, according to a new report.
The Center for Union Facts compiled the salary information from federal labor filings of 192 of the largest national, state, and local unions. The report found that labor presidents enjoyed nearly a $60,000 advantage over the take-home pay of the nation’s business leaders, who earned an average of $194,350, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average compensation of union officials, which includes salary and other perks, was $283,678, according to the report.
 continue reading here.
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