LA Unions Use 'Provocative' Billboard to Campaign for $15 Minimum Wage
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is using a billboard campaign that it calls "provocative" to campaign for a $15-per-hour minimum wage. The billboards resemble the signs posted on municipal boundaries and read: "Los Angeles: City Limited, Poverty Wage Pop 810,864." The term "poverty wage" refers to residents who earn hourly wages of less than $15. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25-per-hour, which President Barack Obama has proposed to raise to $10 as part of his campaign against inequality.
Curiously, the billboards do not mention the number of unemployed people in Los Angeles County: 466,257 as of November 2013, which does not include those who have given up looking for work in the era. One of the principal arguments against higher minimum wages is that they discourage businesses from creating new jobs.