The activist group leading the charge to enact a $12 minimum wage in Maine pays its workers less than that amount.
The Maine People’s Alliance wants Maine’s minimum wage to increase from $7.50 to $12 an hour, a 60 percent hike. The group posted an advertisement on Craigslist hoping to recruit canvassers and community organizers to “Work toward a fair minimum wage for Maine.” Prospective candidates must be willing to work about 20 hours a week for a starting wage of $429 every two weeks, which works out to about $10 an hour.
“The Phone Canvasser/Organizers are responsible for acting as a communications liaison between MPA and our members, and will engage in grassroots fundraising, member development, and voter education,” the post says.
The group highlights numerous side-benefits of the position in question in the post.