Minnesota's Democratic senatorial dynamic duo, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, stood proud with their brethren late last month to introduce a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
This at the same time both expect their interns to work for free.
Franken and Klobuchar are among the group of senators being called out for living wage rhetoric that doesn't jibe with what they practice inside their own offices.
According to an analysis by the Employment Policies Institute, a right-leaning think tank that's long opposed minimum-wage hikes, Minnesota's senators are in the business of milking free labor along with the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, and Chuck Schumer, who expect maximum work efforts and substantial hours from their eager young interns without paying them a nickel.
Klobuchar spokesperson Julia Krahe and Franken communications director Ed Shelleby both replied with statements, saying how "proud" they were of their internship programs as "educational opportunities" that help students learn "about the Senate and what it's like to work in government."
Both directed all other questions to each senator's web page, which linked to information about internship programs.
City Pages followed up, asking each camp to elaborate about why the internships are unpaid, especially at a time when the senator is fighting for higher wages for working folks.
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