New York Post: Chuck Schumer said ad for free interns was an ‘error’

New York Post: Chuck Schumer said ad for free interns was an ‘error’

WASHINGTON – Sen. Schumer listed job openings for unpaid interns — but said the posting was “made in error” after Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized members of Congress for seeking free labor. Ocasio-Cortez is promising to pay $15 per hour to her interns. Shortly after advertising for unpaid press and legislative interns, Schumer’s office said that was a mistake. “This posting was made in error. Starting in January, Senator Schumer’s office

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Rolling Stone: Chuck Schumer: Ad for Unpaid Interns Was Posted in ‘Error’

Rolling Stone: Chuck Schumer: Ad for Unpaid Interns Was Posted in ‘Error’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has earned praise for her efforts to lift the veil and show what Congress is really like on social media, had another revelation to share with her followers on Monday.  “This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food. I chatted up the staff,” the newly-elected congresswoman wrote on Twitter. “SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices.* This is a disgrace. Congress

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HuffPost: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Demands ‘Living Wage’ For Hill Workers

New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis pushing hard on her demands that Congress pay its staffers and interns a living wage. The Democrat, who has vowed to pay her interns at least $15 an hour, shared her concerns Tuesday in response to a viral tweet pointing out how lawmakers seeking unpaid interns are excluding everyone but those rich enough to work for free. Her remarks on Tuesday follow similar concerns she raised

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Daily Dot: Chuck Schumer’s listing for an unpaid intern gets ripped apart (updated)

Daily Dot: Chuck Schumer’s listing for an unpaid intern gets ripped apart (updated)

Update 3:55pm CT, Dec. 3: A spokesman for Senator Schumer’s office told the Daily Dot that the post was made in error and that “eligible” interns for Schumer will receive stipends in January. The original story appears below.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is apparently looking for an unpaid press intern, sparking outrage from people online who called the posting hypocritical. The job posting was pointed out by Michael Whitney, a newsletter editor for the Intercept. The posting calls for

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Here’s How a 24-Year-Old Former House Intern Finally Got Congress to Pay Its Interns

Here’s How a 24-Year-Old Former House Intern Finally Got Congress to Pay Its Interns

Carlos Mark Vera’s non-profit, Pay Our Interns, hit one of its major policy goals before its second birthday. DC is populated in part by a rotating cast of interns, blazer-outfitted, ambitious, and all too often, unpaid. For Congressional interns, that changed Thursday, when the House followed the Senate and passed a “minibus” spending bill that allocated $13.8 million for interns’ salaries in both chambers. The bill should pass into law

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Pay Up: House And Senate Allocate Funds To Pay Interns

Pay Up: House And Senate Allocate Funds To Pay Interns

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee allocated $8.8 million to pay its interns in a 2019 spending package. The decision follows just a few months after the Senate Appropriations Committee included $5 million for intern pay in the legislative branch appropriations bill. Negotiations continue on other parts of the bill. Read More