Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commits to paying her interns $15 an hour

12_07_18_AOCTrumpJr 'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'
Delores Daniels | 07 December, 2018, 16:23

In the tweet posted from her official social media account, Ocasio-Cortez claims that the government could have easily paid for the healthcare scheme if Pentagon accounting errors were corrected and the money applied to her agenda.

The incoming progressive icon also called on Republicans to either cut their staffs or raise members' allowances so wages could increase.

A 2017 report found that just 8% of Republicans and 3.6% of Democrats in the House pay their interns.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected US House representative, called out her future colleagues in Congress, including Democrats, for paying their low-level staffers salaries below the "living wage" and for employing unpaid interns, even as members of Congress are paid multiple times more than the average American.

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Ukrainian ports of the Azov sea reduced the turnover more than doubled, forced to go on four-day working week and reduce staff. CNN cited three unnamed USA officials as the source for the report, which could not be immediately confirmed.

Before the official announcement Tuesday, the congresswoman-elect criticized current congress members who now don't pay their interns.

On Monday, Pay Our Interns tweeted a screenshot of an ad for an unpaid press intern to work for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. She later responded to critics arguing that when businesses do not pay the minimum wage, they "wish that they can pay human labor less than they require to live".

Sen. Mark Warner's office told Fox Business that it offers paid internships, which are available to certain applicants who can show "demonstrated financial need". Hours later, Schumer's office announced that the job posting had been made "in error" and said that Schumer's interns will be paid a stipend in the new Congress.

At least Ocasio-Cortez can boast of some level of ideological consistency, however ridiculous the ideology happens to be at the moment.

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Lawmakers are to vote December 11 on Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement on leaving the European Union. Europe fared a little better, but London Frankfurt DAX and Paris were all 0.4 to 0.6 percent lower.

Soon, Democrats may have one of those send-them-to-Gimbels/send-them-to-Macy's moment on their hands just in time for Christmas.

"A list of who was not paying young staffers included lawmakers like California [Democrat] Sen". Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

"The Democratic Socialist's spokesperson confirmed to Vice News that she will seek a seat on the House Ways and Means committee, which is traditionally packed with seasoned legislators with experience in writing tax code", writes Fox News. His conclusion: "there's no $21 trillion pot of gold that can be raided to pay for a comprehensive health insurance program, even though the United States really does spend an very bad lot on the military".

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They are also concerned about how the law's secrecy provisions will impact their business models and consumer privacy. Earlier in the week, the bill, with some amendments, appeared to have enough support to be passed.

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