Republican Senator Proposes Paying Workers Under Age of 20 Less Than Minimum Wage

By Sahid Fawaz

A bill as awful as this could only come from a Republican.

According to the website MLive:

“Sen. Margaret O’Brien found support in the [Michigan] Senate Commerce Committee for a bill to let employers pay people under 20 less than minimum wage.

Michigan’s current minimum wage is $8.50 per hour. If the bill were to go into effect today, employers could pay people under 20 the lower federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Sponsoring Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, said she’d talked with young people about how hard it was to find that first job. The bill could give employers an incentive to take a chance on a young employee.”

Make no mistake about it: the Republicans have been waging a war on workers for decades and now they want to go after an especially vulnerable group so that they can line the pockets of their corporate backers. Shame on them.

For the full story, check out the piece at MLive.


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