"With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them," Hicks said in a statement. "This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."It sure is, and the legal minimum interferes with that 'good thing'. Whether or not the agreement was negotiated by a labor union for the workers, or by the workers on their own.
Which is a dog bitten by man moment, because Hicks, of the L.A. county Federation of Labor, was one of those who not only aided in getting the wage law enacted, but was part of the group talking against exemptions from it. Especially restaurants and hotels. Hicks doesn't want them to be exempt, but he is; advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. [our bold]
Too much of a good thing isn't wonderful, after all.