Earlier this month The Freedom Socialist Party posted listings on Craigslist and Indeed to advertise an opening for a part-time web designer offering to pay $13 an hour. That’s well below the $20 minimum wage the party pushes for in its platform, and lower than the $15 wage it helped pass this year in Seattle.
But Doug Barnes, the party’s national secretary, told The Huffington Post on Saturday that the group relies heavily on donations from low-wage workers and could not afford to pay much to an inexperienced designer.
“We’re practicing what we’re preaching in terms of continuing to fight for the minimum wage,” Barnes said, making his first public comment on the controversy. “But we can’t pay a lot more than $13.” He went on to accuse Right wing critics as hypocritical, citing that “these are the same people who fought against the minimum wage and support companies like Walmart.”
I mean look, I am a liberal socialist in the sense that I do believe in strong unions, labor rights and regulation, but I have to admit this is pretty hypocritical. “But we can’t pay a lot more than $13” is exactly what everyone else who opposes minimum wage increases, including the $ 20 an hour proposal this party supports, argues: “we cannot afford it.” Why is it then that the socialist party’s reasons are legitimate and everyone else’s aren’t?
This is the same thing as non-profits who fight for social and economic justice and fair wages etc. turning around offering non paid full time internships. That is just not right and goes against the very things you are arguing and allegedly fighting for.
And the thing is, if you want to change things, you have to be the change you want to see, trite as it may sound. Not to mention that I am going to take a wild guess here and say that the president or CEO of this non-profit probably gets paid quite a lot. Maybe he cares to cut his salary so they can afford the 20 bucks they are pushing for because $13 an hour is not a livable wage for anyone, especially a highly educated and skilled person who probably had to rack up student loan debt and such to be able to pay for this education which, in turn, was going to qualify him for this job.
Either way you look at it, this just does not look good and doesn’t strengthen your position to not be living what you preach.
Yeah Republicans and Conservatives are a bunch of indecent hypocrites and scumbags, opposing the minimum wage and unions, but then again they never pretended otherwise. You, on the other hand, claim to stand for more so be more.