A day after fast food workers and union organizers marched in Chicago demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage (and health care, and child care, and free college tuition, climate justice, and so on), angry U.N. staffers in Geneva, Switzerland were feeling their pain and threatening to strike over a proposed 7.5 percent pay cut.
— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) May 24, 2017
No one likes a pay cut, and Ian Richards, executive secretary of the Staff Coordinating Council, warned that it could harm the U.N.’s goal of attracting the best and brightest minds from the private sector to help the U.N. reach its Sustainable Development Goals.
“No one in their right mind will leave their job for an organization that from one day to the next can cut pay by one month a year for existing staff,” he argued.
— Anne Bayefsky (@AnneBayefsky) May 24, 2017
Then again, no one in the U.N. has to worry about actually producing results in order to stay in business — or do they? Enter President Trump:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 24, 2017
Trump’s proposal would cut nearly $19 billion from U.S. diplomacy and aid budgets, including $1 billion from U.N. peacekeeping. “The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the U.N. to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
@Reuters Oh happy day!
— sue (@suebeachbumm) May 24, 2017
— TheRightTrend (@TheRightTrend) May 24, 2017
@Reuters right track
— Eric Swanson (@Swanny3210) May 24, 2017
— WarOnStupidity ? (@War0nStupidity) May 24, 2017
@Reuters Even more reason to hope Trump follows through and implements the cut.
— TJH Verboten (@TjhVerboten) May 24, 2017
@Reuters I'm liking this budget more and more each day.
— Jeremy Manley (@jeremymanley) May 24, 2017
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'The lunatics run the asylum': Guess which country the U.N. just elected to its women's rights commission https://t.co/Sajw8E2K3J
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 23, 2017