In advance of a November ballot measure to require a $15 per hour minimum wage and mandatory paid leave benefits for transportation and hospitality workers in the city of Seatac, and a tight race for Seattle mayor, where the candidates are out-bidding each other over who would require the highest minimum wage, the Freedom Foundation has released an insightful report revealing the unions behind these efforts fail to heed their own rhetoric.
Among the report’s findings:
- 64 percent of workers employed by local unions earn less than the living wage for a single adult with two children.
- 26 percent of local union employees earn less than a full-time $15 an hour minimum wage.
- The average local union leader makes $114,851 per year, placing them in the top 10% of income earners,
- All of the national union CEOs are in the top 5 percent of income earners.
- Local unions are generating record revenue.
Click the Freedom Foundation logo above to read the full report.