Union Hack Admits Minimum Wage Campaign is Really a Ruse to Defeat Scott Walker
Just when you thought unions really cared about the little people. What they care about is their power.
It’s not about giving Democratic candidates an advantage at the polls. It’s all about giving constituents a voice on one of the most talked-about issues in the country.
That’s the response of some Wisconsin public officials to the growing number of nonbinding minimum wage referendums popping up in counties and cities all over the state.
But Jennifer Epps-Addison, executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, a front group for the Service Employees International Union, told the Huffington Post in a story published Wednesday that her organization and other activists are hoping to use the referendums to entice more liberal voters to the polls in November.
And their ultimate goal? To help their Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has repeatedly said he doesn’t support raising the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 because of the potential of killing jobs.
“This is a really close race, and what we think will happen is that it will force the issue to become a more central theme in both of the candidates’ campaigns,” Epps-Addison told the Huffington Post. “We want to make sure that folks who are most directly affected by the level of income inequality in Wisconsin have their say at the ballot box, and that will translate to some level of political power for them.”
— Progressives Today (@ProgsToday) June 27, 2014