From The Politics of Wage Suppression:
Inside ALEC’s Legislative Campaign Against Low-Paid!Workers

• Since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills that aim to repeal or weaken core wage standards at the state or local level. Of these 105 bills, a total of 67 were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by ALEC-affiliated legislators from 25 states.
• As conservative majorities assume power in 31 statehouses this year – including 15 statehouses under the control of veto-proof supermajorities – ALEC’s “wage suppression” agenda poses a threat to the earnings and economic security of lowpaid workers across the country

Here’s my comment from the diary ‘This Is What the Middle Class Looks Like’

The larger point here is to hold activists accountable. Activists have largely failed when opposing the plutocratic agenda. If you’re just fine with aligning with people who, to use a sports analogy, keep finding ways to lose, then you are part of the problem.


While I wish restaurant workers luck in getting $15.00/hour (having slaved away as a waiter for much less, I can still feel their pain), I’m not supporting the rocunited.org effort unless they make educating about and taking on ALEC one of their priorities. ALEC has worked to sabotage local minimum wage laws by making such illegal at the state level. Sure, a federal minimum wage law would trump a lower state minimum wage law, but if you happen to be one of the people working for $2.13 / hour, plus tips, do you really want to rely on a bought and paid for Congress to look out for you?

I call this tough love.

In a recent pair of diaries here at FDL, including this one, what I myself have long concluded was made explicit by people working for the “dark side of the force”

Duchin and Mongoven were ruthless, and I think they were often amused by the naivete, egotism, antics and failures of activists they routinely fooled and defeated. Ultimately, this is war, and the best warriors will win.”

I don’t see progressives waging the peaceful equivalent of a guerrilla war, where they need to be resourceful and clever. I do see a lot of roads to nowhere, weak ‘leadership’, strategic incompetence, and veal pens…..

Getting local minimum wage laws approved has proven to be a successful strategy; and ALEC’s strategies of manipulating state laws for the benefit of corporations has also proven to be successful. ALEC works to make local minimum wage laws illegal.


See Long Beach Hotel Workers Win Living Wages, Paid Sick Days

LA Times: “Voters (via ballot initiative) swiftly gave them what years of picket lines and union-card drives had failed to secure — a $13-per-hour minimum wage”