Full-Page Ad in Roll Call Calls out Hypocritical Lawmakers for Not Paying their Interns

  • Publication Date: July 2014

  • Topics: Minimum Wage

Washington, D.C. – Today the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) has a full-page ad in Roll Call calling out Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) for their disingenuous stance in favor of a $10.10 an hour minimum wage hike while simultaneously failing to provide any wages to their interns.

The ad’s headline features the Twitter hashtag #LiveTheWage crossed out to read, “#PayTheWage (To Your Interns)” and features quotes from both Schakowsky and Ryan’s offices that confirm their office internships are unpaid. The text of the ad reads, “As part of a union-backed publicity stunt, these Representatives have pledged to live on minimum wage for a week. While they’re patting themselves on the back, their employee interns are living with a zero-dollar wage”

View the full-page ad here.

In an analysis at the beginning of this year, EPI determined the vast majority of members of Congress supporting President Obama’s $10.10 wage are legislating with a “do as I say, not as I do” approach: Fully 96% of the House and Senate sponsors of the 40 percent wage increase do not pay their interns. The full list of sponsors, and the compensation details of their internship program, is available here.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy to spend the week sanctimoniously tweeting about the current minimum wage, when these lawmakers don’t pay their own interns a cent,” said Michael Saltsman, EPI’s research director. “Lawmakers like Schakowsky and Ryan should also keep in mind this week that a minimum wage increase could put a job further out of reach for those they claim to be helping.”