The San Francisco Hypocrite (See Update At The End
Nancy Pelosi, the woman who led the charge against the Republican Culture of Corruption®, has a bit of explaining to do:
On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island’s work force. StarKist’s parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.
Now Mrs. Pelosi, what about that Culture of Corruption® again?
UPDATE: As John Newman points out, American Samoa already has an exemption from the minimum wage under other statues. In addition, the passed bill has no special deal for American Samoa. I should have known better than to use the Washington Times as a source.
I retract my allegations of corruption against Nancy Pelosi, however, she is still a hypocrite because she apparently doesn’t have a problem with residents of the territories not being paid a “living wage”.