Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Do as I say, not as I don’t pay you

In Washington, D.C., hypocrisy comes in many different flavors. My favorite flavor is “do as I say, not as I do.” From philandering social conservatives to ruthless labor leaders, it rarely fails to entertain me.

So, when I saw a Hilda Solis’ Department of Labor making waves about the illegality of unpaid internships, I knew there was more to the story.

Here’s what a DOL official told the New York Times:

“If you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to be many circumstances where you can have an internship and not be paid and still be in compliance with the law.”

Now consider this job posting on Facebook for internships in then-Representative Solis’ Congressional office.

Summer internship in Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis’ Washington D.C. office | Facebook-1.jpg
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