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Schumer spokesperson says ad for unpaid interns 'was made in error'

Dec 05, 2018 12:55 am
Marisa Schultz reports in The New York Post that after being roundly criticized for posting an ad for unpaid interns, Sen. Chuck Schumer said it was a mistake. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promising to pay her interns $15 per hour. “This posting was made in error. Starting in January, Senator Schumer’s office will offer a stipend to eligible interns,” said Angelo Roefaro, spokesperson for Schumer. He did not say the amount of a stipend will be paid. In 2017, the advocacy group Pay Our Interns reported that both Schumer, and New York's other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, did not pay their interns to work in one of the costliest cities in the country. Currently, Pay Our Interns reports that only Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, and Washington Rep. Adam Smith, pay interns $15-an-hour. “Gotta love the rich irony of Congressmen asking ‘how are you going to pay for it?’ suddenly grow awfully quiet when called out on their expectation that part-time workers magically invent money to work for free,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Dec. 3, as Schumer's ad for unpaid interns went viral. Read the full story in The New York Post.