Sympathy for Nonprofits We Can Do Without
RUTH MCCAMBRIDGE | March 07, 2019
The City Council in Fremont, California has voted 5–2 to exempt nonprofits from its requirement, set in January, that all local businesses pay employees at least $15 an hour. This expands the initial vote’s exemption for nonprofit employees age 21 or younger. A $15/hour wage, presuming full-time hours, amounts to $30,000 over a year’s time. The rationale for this move, lifting nonprofit workers up as saints among us, is a convoluted mess. “People who work at these nonprofits don’t get into it for the money; they get into it because they want to help people,” says Councilman Rick Jones, who proposed the amendment. “And they see the need, and this is what they want to do. But so many of our nonprofits are struggling with the funding both from the federal and state government, as well as our own budget. And I would hope to see that go forward, so that we don’t lose some of the vital services that are available to our residents.