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Florida Fight for $15

November 4, 2020

Florida Essential Workers Celebrate as State’s Voters Overwhelmingly Approve $15/hr Minimum Wage

In a resounding victory for millions of essential workers in Florida who have put their lives and livelihoods on the line amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida voters today approved a constitutional measure to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15/hr in 2026, becoming the eighth state in the nation to pass a $15 minimum wage.

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Washington Post
November 4, 2020

Florida votes to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

The ballot win was another moment of success for labor and minimum wage advocates, who have won a series of statewide victories in recent years to raise the minimum wage, as consciousness about the struggles faced by low-wage workers to pay basic living expenses has grown. This energy has galvanized the Fight for $15, an advocacy movement focused on getting corporate chains, especially McDonald's, to lift wages to $15 an hour.

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News Service of Florida
November 3, 2020

Higher Minimum Wage Headed Toward Passage.

“This will help me a whole lot, I know it will,” said Gail Rogers, a 60-year old Ybor City resident who, after working at McDonalds for six years, said she earns $9.40 an hour. Rogers, a widow who resides in a rooming house for women, is a member of the nationwide group Fight for $15 and has routinely protested her low wages in recent years. “I can earn a little more cash. I can save more,” she said of the higher minimum wage. “I can save until I get to where I need to be at. I am not where I need to be at.”

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HuffPost
November 3, 2020

Florida Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage

On Tuesday night, the Fight for $15 issued a statement attributed to Faith Booker, a McDonald’s worker in Lakeland. “For months, we’ve put our lives on the line at work, while our families have struggled to put food on the table,” Booker said. “But we knew that by coming together across industries and throughout our entire state, working people could propel Amendment 2 to victory.”

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Associated Press
November 3, 2020

Florida voters back raising minimum wage to $15 over 6 years

For Lakeland resident Faith Booker, getting $15 an hour in pay down the road means she won’t have to work two jobs and she can spend more time with her five children whose ages range from 1 to 14. Booker earns $9.70 an hour as a cashier at a McDonald’s restaurant and $8.56 an hour in the same job at a Burger King restaurant. “Oh my gosh ... that will be a big change for me,” Booker said Tuesday night. “Sometimes I’m just short and have to pick and choose which bills to pay.”

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CBS Tampa Bay
October 29, 2020

Amendment 2 Advocate Speaks In Support Of Fight For $15 In Florida

Sammy Conde isn’t alone in their struggle. They stand alongside other advocates with the Fight For $15 organization, aimed at getting the same amendment passed. “They’ve been giving us the tools to make sure that we’re heard,” and after participating in strikes and speaking out with Fight For 15, Conde says they’re just getting started. “It’s not a question of whether or not $15 an hour is a minimum wage. It’s, ‘when is it going to happen?’.”

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