An organization behind the effort to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 is being criticized today for a job posting it advertised with an hourly base rate of $10.
The online ad posted by Maine People’s Alliance was looking to hire phone canvassers and organizers for $429 every two weeks for just over 20 hours of work per week. It totaled around $10.09 an hour. Oops.
Naturally, people immediately called them out.
From The Portland Press Herald:
Mike Tipping, communications director for the people’s alliance, said the job posting’s $429 figure was the result of bad math. The original posting was replaced Thursday with a new listing advertising a wage of $510 biweekly, which is exactly $12 an hour.
The revised listing wasn’t posted until after the Free Beacon reported on the original, but Tipping said MPA employees always have been paid at least $12 an hour. Alliance job postings on Facebook and job websites going back to February advertise a starting rate of $480 a week for full-time positions.
Bad math. Right.
Not everybody is buying this excuse, though. Opponents of the movement say it “smacks of a double standard.” They say the group is clearly a part of the “Do as I say, not as I do” movement that is so prevalent in modern-day politics.
If it was a mistake, then damn, was it stupid. I have a hard time believing somebody accidentally calculated a $10 rate instead of a $12 one. That just doesn’t seem very believable.
If you want a solid hourly job, just work for one the coalitions pushing minimum wage increases. If it’s below whatever they are demanding, just anonymously expose them and watch the pay raise roll in. $15 an hour to make some phone calls? Sounds good to me. .
[via Portland Press Herald]
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