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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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South Florida Business Journal
October 29, 2020

Why these South Florida business owners support a $15 minimum wage

Amendment 2, which would eventually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, is on the Florida ballot this year.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 28, 2020

GUEST EDITORIAL: Florida's income disparities call for a yes vote on raising minimum wage

A recent study by the Florida Policy Institute estimates that by 2026, Amendment 2 would increase wages for 26% of Florida’s workforce, or approximately 2.5 million workers. It also would result in many fewer families living below the poverty level, would especially benefit Florida’s service sector employees, bring many workers closer to a living wage, and would help lessen the pay gap for people of color and women workers. It’s morally and ethically unconscionable for our society to accept such abysmal salaries for workers. Vote yes on Amendment 2!

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South Florida Sun Sentinel
October 23, 2020

Save Florida workers; vote yes on Amendment 2 | Opinion

Nowadays, essential workers — including fast-food, higher education, airport, hospital, janitorial and nursing home employees — are risking our lives for an unlivable wage. Others have been laid off or furloughed because of the pandemic and had nothing to fall back on because our paychecks were always too small for us to save a penny. But we’re not accepting this status quo that treats essential workers like we’re disposable. Our votes are essential, just like our work and our lives. Floridians have the power to come together this November to approve Amendment 2.

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Orlando Sentinel
October 23, 2020

Not all Florida businesses oppose Amendment 2 to raise the minimum wage to $15

The debate over raising Florida’s minimum wage has largely pitted employers, who argue it would be too costly, against workers, who say they can’t live off the current $8.56 an hour. A newly formed coalition of Florida businesses that back Amendment 2 wants to change that narrative. Florida Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, which includes restaurants, manufacturers, hoteliers and clothing boutiques, was formed in the months before the Nov. 3 election when Floridians will decide on the amendment.

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Noticias Ya (Univision)
October 16, 2020

(translated) ON STRIKE WORKERS DEMANDING AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $ 15

[Translated] The protest took place in various cities as today was determined as Action Day of '15 for $ 15 ′ statewide. Hundreds of fast food, healthcare, higher education and airport workers along with community allies took to the streets in various cities. "Even working two full-time jobs is not enough for a single mother like me," said Deatric Edie, a striking fast food worker in Fort Lauderdale. “The rent is due in two weeks, but my money is running out. I've been homeless before, but in a pandemic the threat of losing my home is even more terrifying. That is why I am on strike today to support Amendment 2 and they demand at least $ 15 / hour for all Floridians. "

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