Minimum Wage Rally Organizers Out To Kill Jobs, Small Business

Date: April 14, 2016 Last Edit: May 02, 2016

Minimum Wage Rally Organizers Out To Kill Jobs, Small Business

Lansing, MI (April 14, 2016): The state’s
leading small business organization, the National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB), is calling out a group of activists staging rallies around the
state today as nothing more than a front group for labor unions.

“This group, calling itself the ‘D15
campaign’, that is pushing for a $15 hourly minimum wage is more about helping
labor unions try to stay relevant as their membership numbers continue to
decline,” said NFIB State Director Charlie Owens. “It is no secret that it is
easier for labor unions to organize bigger businesses, so these efforts seek to
shut down small family owned businesses so only big targets remain.”

Michigan’s minimum wage law was last raised in 2014 and will
gradually raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018. The minimum wage now
stands at $8.50.

“Michigan lawmakers have been more interested in helping
businesses create good paying jobs through sound fiscal and tax policy rather
than with ‘feel good’ gimmicks and pandering to progressives and organized
labor,” said Owens. “The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in
January, the lowest rate since 2001 because of these efforts and that is
how you help people.”

“Pushing the minimum wage higher will eliminate jobs for
younger or lower skilled workers. The minimum wage rate was never intended to
feed entire families, and it’s about time someone called out these supporters
for their ignorance of basic economics,” said Owens. “Ironically, the activists
pushing for a $15 minimum wage are often the same people that whine about the
demise of small merchants and the increase in big box corporate stores – while
they push policies that make that happen.”


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