labor http://wlrn.org en South Florida Wages Not Growing Very Quickly http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-wages-not-growing-very-quickly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers wages and salaries grew 2.4 percent over the past 12 months. That's down from 2.6-percent growth half a year ago. Which not only means there has not been a lot of growth, but that what we have had is slowing.</span></p><p>On top of that, total compensation, which includes things like salaries plus health benefits and bonuses, has not been growing at a comparable rate.</p><p>As the wage growth slows, other costs of living like housing, food and transportation continues to rise at a much higher rate--putting more pressure on peoples’ pockets.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:42:06 +0000 Wilson Sayre 27600 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Wages Not Growing Very Quickly Miami-Dade Teachers To Vote On Contract, Raises http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-teachers-vote-contract-raises <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Thousands of Miami-Dade teachers will cast ballots Oct. 30 in a ratification vote on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utd.org/pdf/Tentative_Agreement_2013-2014_Addendum.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 122, 202);" target="_blank">tentative contract agreement</a>&nbsp;hashed out this month between district negotiators and the United Teachers of Dade.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:10:39 +0000 David Smiley 22919 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Teachers To Vote On Contract, Raises Why America Lags The World In Education, Workforce Training http://wlrn.org/post/why-america-lags-world-education-workforce-training <p>The American education system seems to be in perpetual crisis. Despite nearly 15 years of education reform – and the introduction of an array of tests, curriculum, and new measures of student learning – students are not <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/will-new-florida-law-tying-teacher-raises-test-results-improve-education">any better prepared to succeed in college or the workforce.</a></p><p><strong>And the bad news just keeps coming. &nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Neyda Borges 22069 at http://wlrn.org Why America Lags The World In Education, Workforce Training Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers http://wlrn.org/post/why-us-taxpayers-pay-7-billion-year-help-fast-food-workers If you hit the drive-through, chances are that the cashier who rings you up or the cook who prepared your food relies on public assistance to make ends meet.<p>A new analysis finds that 52 percent of fast-food workers are enrolled in, or have their families enrolled in, one or more public assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).<p>That's right: With a median wage of $8.69 per hour for front-line fast-food jobs — cooks, cashiers and crew — workers are taking home a paycheck, but it's not enough to cover the basics, according to t Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:34:00 +0000 editor 22236 at http://wlrn.org Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers The Miami Job Fest: Solving Talent Retention Slowly But Surely http://wlrn.org/post/miami-job-fest-solving-talent-retention-slowly-surely <p>Talent retention is a hot topic.</p><p>It seems like every group and organization in South Florida is working on a formula to reverse the ‘brain drain’, stop the ‘intellectual exodus’ or prevent the ‘mind migration’. With solutions that range from online resources and job boards to skills-based training and data collection on Miami’s talent pool, there is no deficiency of great ideas.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:39:21 +0000 Danny LaFuente 20313 at http://wlrn.org The Miami Job Fest: Solving Talent Retention Slowly But Surely The Sunshine Economy: Jobs http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-jobs <p></p><p>Ian, Jay and Sal. That's them in the photo on the right. Each of them is an unemployment statistic with a story.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:08:34 +0000 Tom Hudson 20217 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Jobs Gov. Scott Tries New Strategy To Boost Business, Jobs http://wlrn.org/post/gov-scott-tries-new-strategy-boost-business-jobs <p>Gov. Rick Scott is pulling out all the stops to lure companies to Florida.</p><p>He convinced lawmakers to <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-hope-sales-tax-cut-brings-manufacturing-boom" target="_blank">cut the sales tax on manufacturing equipment</a> and do away with regulations that could hinder economic growth.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-jobs" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Jobs</a></strong></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Gina Jordan 20299 at http://wlrn.org Gov. Scott Tries New Strategy To Boost Business, Jobs The Fast-Food Restaurants That Require Few Human Workers http://wlrn.org/post/fast-food-restaurants-require-few-human-workers In perhaps the largest nationwide fast-food strike in history, the employees who make your 99-cent burgers and tacos were <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/29/216765679/largest-strike-so-far-by-fast-food-workers-set-for-thursday">planning strikes</a> in 50 U.S. cities Thursday. Workers are calling for a $15 minimum wage and hoping to raise attention to the fast-food industry's low pay and limited prospects. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:37:22 +0000 Elise Hu 19820 at http://wlrn.org The Fast-Food Restaurants That Require Few Human Workers For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table http://wlrn.org/post/restaurant-workers-struggle-put-food-table Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't <em>mean</em> to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.<p>"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:09:25 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 19776 at http://wlrn.org For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table Local Politicians Spend A Week Trying To Live On Florida's Minimum Wage http://wlrn.org/post/local-politicians-spend-week-trying-live-floridas-minimum-wage <p></p><p>Two South Florida politicians said a week spent just "getting by" -- has gotten to them. &nbsp;</p><p>Broward County Commissioner Martin&nbsp;Kiar&nbsp;and State Senator Dwight Bullard agreed last week to spend five days trying to live on Florida's current minimum wage of $7.79 an hour.</p><p>Kiar&nbsp;says the week-long budget he drew up for himself left only $106 dollars for food, travel and entertainment for him and his family.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:05:58 +0000 Christine DiMattei 17812 at http://wlrn.org Local Politicians Spend A Week Trying To Live On Florida's Minimum Wage Fort Lauderdale Airport Employees Demand Higher Pay On Minimum Wage Anniversary http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-airport-employees-demand-higher-pay-minimum-wage-anniversary <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It is the fourth anniversary of the last time the United States’ raised the minimum wage, which is currently set at $7.25 per hour. Florida’s minimum wage is slightly higher at $7.79, but <a href="http://livingwage.mit.edu/counties/12086">this is below the calculated “living wage” for most Floridian families</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>A living wage allows an individual or family to meet basic needs and have a normal standard of living.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:04:16 +0000 Gabriella Watts 18004 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale Airport Employees Demand Higher Pay On Minimum Wage Anniversary Who Should Define A Living Wage In Florida: Your State Or County? http://wlrn.org/post/who-should-define-living-wage-florida-your-state-or-county <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size: medium; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; ">The Florida House has </span><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49853" style="font-size: medium; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; " target="_blank">passed a bill that would preempt local living wage ordinances</a>&nbsp;and a similar version is making its way through the Senate.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:02:29 +0000 Gina Jordan 12268 at http://wlrn.org Who Should Define A Living Wage In Florida: Your State Or County? Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' http://wlrn.org/post/fast-food-strikers-demand-living-wage At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.<p>Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.<p>"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:42:35 +0000 Joel Rose 18216 at http://wlrn.org Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish http://wlrn.org/post/how-better-protect-farmworkers-pesticides-spanish Advocates for farmworkers, especially those who grow America's leafy greens and fresh vegetables, are <a href="http://farmworkerjustice.org/press/new-farmworker-justice-report-profiles-dangers-pesticide-poisoning-offers-recommendations-epa">pushing</a> the government to do more to protect those workers from exposure to pesticides.<p>A 20-year-old regulation — the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/twor.html">Worker Protection Standard</a> — is supposed to prevent harmful pesticide exposures on the farm. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:59:08 +0000 17630 at http://wlrn.org How To Better Protect Farmworkers From Pesticides: Spanish New Laws Enshrine Domestic Worker Rights In Brazil http://wlrn.org/post/new-laws-enshrine-domestic-worker-rights-brazil The phone is ringing off the hook at the crowded waiting room at the Domestic Workers Union in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil.<p>In the past decade, millions of Brazilians have joined the middle class. Fri, 31 May 2013 17:15:20 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 14725 at http://wlrn.org New Laws Enshrine Domestic Worker Rights In Brazil