• Jan Masaoka

    At least nonprofits were in the discussions about the minimum wage increase and possible exemptions and modifications — in too many localities nonprofits are overlooked as important employers in the debates.

    One provision the City Council put in which we at CalNonproifts (Calif Assn of Nonprofits) actively opposed: exemptions from minimum wages for nonprofits with government contracts if the highest paid employee makes less than four times the amount of the higest employee.

    We object first to the discriminatory aspect: why not apply this provision to the for-profit sector as well? And second, we reject the premise that wage differentials are an appropriate way to assess nonprofits. Minimum wage is about raising people out of poverty; exemptions need to be rare and based in a non-discriminatory rationale.