This November, Florida voters will have the power to give 2.5 million working Floridians a raise. 

It’s hard to believe but $8.56/hr is the current minimum wage in Florida.
Amendment 2 is an article on statewide ballots which seeks to gradually increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2026. By passing Amendment 2, Florida will:

  • Give significant wage increases to 1 in 4 Florida workers
  • Greatly reduce the number of households living in poverty
  • Begin to close pay gaps experienced by women and people of color

Passing Amendment 2 will take all of us to succeed. To pass, 60% of all voters must show their support by voting YES on Amendment 2 when they vote on November 3, 2020. 

What is Amendment 2? 

Amendment 2 is an amendment to Florida’s constitution which was introduced before the COVID-19 pandemic but which carries even more weight now when families are struggling with ongoing economic and healthcare crises.

Amendment 2 would go into effect in September 2021 to raise the minimum wage for non-tipped employees from $8.56/hr to $10/hr and then increase it gradually by $1 each year until 2026. 

This measure would give 2.5 million working Floridians a pay raise. 

Who is eligible for wage increases under Amendment 2? 

All Floridians will benefit from increasing the minimum wage in direct and indirect ways.
More than 1 in 4 working Floridians would benefit from a significant pay increase under Amendment 2. Workers employed in the restaurant/food service industries would benefit the most, with 63.7% of workers receiving pay increases. Workers in other service sector industries like retail and accommodations also stand to benefit greatly.

The amendment raises the hourly wage for non-tipped employees, but tipped workers also stand to benefit. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers would need to ensure that employees’ tips combined with the current tipped minimum wage ($5.54 per hour) meets or exceeds the existing minimum wage.

How do I vote YES on Amendment 2? 

All Florida voters will be able to vote in support of Amendment 2 in the November 3, 2020 General Election. The Florida voter registration deadline is October 5. Register to vote. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 24 (requesting earlier is recommended - check your registration and request a mail-In ballot)

The deadline to return an absentee ballot is November 3.
More information on how and where to return your ballots. 

Early voting is available from Oct. 24 - 31, hours and locations vary based on where you live.
More information on early voting in Florida. 
Check your voter registration status. 

What is the current minimum wage in Florida? 

It’s hard to believe but $8.56/hr is the current minimum wage in Florida. 
The Florida minimum wage has increased by only a little over $2 since 2005, when voters last approved a measure to increase the wage to $6.15.

Will the minimum wage increase to $15/hr as soon as Amendment 2 is passed in November?

No. The amendment is drafted to give businesses time to plan and adjust for the raise. Amendment 2 would begin to go into effect in September 2021 to raise the minimum wage from $8.56/hr to $10/hr and then increase it gradually by $1 each year until 2026. 

What does Amendment 2 mean for long standing inequalities like the racial and gender pay gaps and Floridians living in poverty? 

Floridians living in poverty
Raising the wage would lift up millions of working families in Florida. 72.2% of Floridians with income below the poverty level would see their household incomes rise.

Gender and racial pay gaps
Women are overrepresented in lower wage work and for that reason, they stand to benefit greatly from this wage increase. Shamefully, in Florida working women who are Black, Latina, Native American, or Asian American or Pacific Islander all earn less than the average wage for working women in Florida. Black women specifically make 60 cents for every $1 men are paid. Minimum wage increases have been shown to significantly reduce gender and racial pay gaps. Florida families will benefit greatly from these increases as 67% of Florida mothers are the primary breadwinners of their household - higher than the national average.  

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