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Democrat's Minimum Wage? Not For All

House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.

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.


ANOTHER broken promise. More to come...


( 2 conspiracy theories — Conspire Here! )
Jan. 13th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
I heard her arguments on this:

-American Samoa has been exempt from minimum wage laws since 1999.
-Del Monte donates more to republican politicans than Democrats (implying that if she had her way she'd sock it to 'em!)

What do you think?
Jan. 13th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Who knows why American Samoa was exempt from the minimum wage in the first place. All the tuna fish you can eat for free?

I'm sure Del Monte will swing like most corporates and give the slight balance of their money to the Congresional powers that be, the Democrats. That's politics!

( 2 conspiracy theories — Conspire Here! )