The left wants you to believe that every single anti-Trump protest that has come together since Election Day is a totally organic, grassroots phenomenon that just goes to show the strength of “The Resistance.” However, a new report by the San Francisco Chronicle – of all publications – has revealed the extent to which demonstrators receive financial compensation for their sign-waving.
When it comes to the Bay Area, it all works through a simple loophole that companies have begun sneaking into employment contracts: alongside standards like sick leave and vacation days, employees are increasingly allowed to take paid time off for activities like protesting, political work, canvassing, running for office, what have you.
These so-called “social justice benefits” have been offered by large corporations for years and are effectively nothing new, but these companies have seen the election of President Donald Trump as an opportunity to woo skilled employees by letting them act out their Resistance fantasies while still putting hours toward their paycheck.
Adam Kleinberg, CEO of San Francisco marketing firm Traction, is one of the vanguards of the paid-protest movement, branding the political time off as “Days of Action.”
“Democracy is a participatory institution; it’s not just something that takes place every four years when you have a candidate in a race,” Kleinberg said. When he announced his new company policy, though, it was met with backlash from Trump supporters who claimed that policies like his were undermining the integrity of the democratic process by bankrolling unrest.
While most of the companies profiled by the report are on the smaller side, social media goliath Facebook is reportedly considering adopting a similar set of rules that would empower its employees to get paid to protest. It already made waves by giving the green light to its employees and outsourced labor contractors to walk to join the pro-illegal immigration May Day protests.