Friday, January 12, 2007

Pelosi Exempts San Fran Company From Minimum Wage Legislation

I knew this was going to be fun.

Nancy Pelosi is exempting San Fran based Del Monte's StarKist Tuna from the Minimum Wage Legislation in the House.

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.

I particularly liked the last line of the story...

A spokeswoman for Mrs. Pelosi said Wednesday that the speaker has not been lobbied in any way by StarKist or Del Monte.

Riiiiiiight.

6 comments:

  1. Pelosi didn't exempt anything.

    American Samoa has been exempt from minimum wage laws since 1938 or something like that. Go read the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and subsequent amendments.

    AmSamoa has a labor committee that reviews minimum wage laws every two years, which is more than can be said about the rest of these United States.

    Please do a little research before perpetuating the Republi-puppet smear against Pelosi.

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  2. Research has been done, Superherofan, and it is not in Pelosi's favor.

    I am a Democrat, and it sadens and hurts me that the supposed leader of the Democratic party in the House is pulling the same shit the Republicans have been pulling for the last six years since W came to power. Not to mention it is interesting that a company that donated $50,000 to her campaign is suddenly exempt from the minimum wage increase; a company that happens to be in her district, I might add.

    Also, she is trying to gain as much power as she can by harassing the Ways and Means Committee to serve her own ends. She is just a bully. I think the Democrats made a big mistake letting her take charge. Hopefully the Dems can take her down a notch, and get this country back to the middle where it belongs. Peace.

    -Vigilante

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  3. I like that line of thought Anonymous. It's called the Rogerian argument when executed well, but in your case it is called The Fallacy of Origins or if you prefer the Fallacy of Virtue or just the Genetic Fallacy.

    You know exactly what I am talking about. You are a democrat in the same way I am a Shao Lin Master, which is to say not at all.

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  4. Why is it hard to believe that another democrat would happen to disagree with Superherofan, or for that matter, dislike Pelosi?


    -Kristina K

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  5. Del Monte Starkist Tuna plant in San Fransisco should be paying the minimum wage. They are employing Californians. Although they may not keep many now. If they are exempt from paying the new minimum wage, do you think they will not raise the cost of their products? I for one will no longer buy any Del Monte products.

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  6. Independant Voter1/25/2007 6:15 AM

    superherofan,

    Maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong. Maybe Pelosi didn't exempt anything, but can anyone tell me why she didn't fight to see to it that the Del Monte Starkist Tuna Plant, in San Francisco, would have to pay minimum wage just like every other business in the U.S.? Don't you think she should have done this, and that it would have been the right thing to do? Do you think it might have to do with that $50,000. donation to her campaign? No pun intended, but doesn't it stink?

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