REAL Reason Behind Democrats Desire to Raise Minimum Wage?

Democrat chatter favoring minimum wage increases always talks about helping the little guy, the middle class, etc. However, there is a stronger, hidden reason for wanting the minimum wage increased.

We know union dues are used to support Democrat political candidates. What was unknown is this: A higher minimum wage means automatic higher wages for union workers, which means higher union dues, which gives unions more money to spend during campaign season. And we pay and pay and pay…..The cycle continues.

From Richard Berman and the WSJ:

The Center for Union Facts analyzed collective-bargaining agreements obtained from the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. The data indicate that a number of unions in the service, retail and hospitality industries peg their base-line wages to the minimum wage. . . . The two most popular formulas were setting baseline union wages as a percentage above the state or federal minimum wage or mandating a flat wage premium above the minimum wage.

The CBO has indicated at least 500,000 (possibly 1,000,000) jobs would be eliminated if Democrat Obama’s economic proposal were implemented.

Would fewer jobs mean less dues? Highly unlikely. A key reason unions are fighting so hard for unionization (VW Plant) is they need more workers, not fewer. They want it both ways – higher wages (for more dues) and more union jobs.

A few statistics: 

  •   Public-sector workers had a union membership rate (35.9 percent) more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers (6.6 percent). (See table 3.)

  •   Workers in education, training, and library occupations and in protective service occupations had the highest unionization rate, at 35.3 percent for each occupation group. (See table 3.)