living wage http://wlrn.org en Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount' http://wlrn.org/post/offering-higher-wages-aldi-brings-new-meaning-discount <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discount grocery store </span>Aldi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is opening up four new locations in South Florida: Palm Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hialeah and Miami Gardens. In order to staff those locations, the discount grocer is holding hiring fairs throughout the area on Jan. 15 and 16.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:43:24 +0000 Wilson Sayre 26433 at http://wlrn.org Offering Higher Wages, Aldi Brings New Meaning To 'Discount' Konbyen Kòb Ki Ase Pou Sa Viv Nan South Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/konbyen-k-b-ki-ase-pou-sa-viv-nan-south-florida <p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:50:10 +0000 Maria Murriel 24716 at http://wlrn.org Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida? http://wlrn.org/post/d-ganos-cu-nto-dinero-necesita-para-mantener-su-estilo-de-vida <p>Siguiendo la discusión nacional de salarios mínimos y la ayuda que el gobierno provee al respecto, el equipo de WLRN-Miami Herald News quiere saber cuánto le cuesta vivir en el sur de la Florida.<br /><br />Nadie está&nbsp;libre de pagar por gastos básicos como la comida, ropa, renta y costos de utilidades. Algunos no tienen problema cubriendo esos gastos, mientras que otros luchan para llegar al fin de mes.<br /><br />Queremos saber qué piensan al respecto para nuestro proyecto llamado "¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita?".<br /> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:21:43 +0000 Maria Murriel & Stefania Ferro 24715 at http://wlrn.org Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida? Tell WLRN: How Much Is Enough To Live In South Florida? http://wlrn.org/post/tell-wlrn-how-much-enough-live-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following national discussion about minimum wages, livable wages, and government assistance, </span>WLRN-Miami<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Herald News wants to explore just what it takes to live in South Florida.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one is exempt from paying for things: food, clothing, rent, bills -- the list goes on. Some of us can easily afford life's expenses, while others struggle to make ends meet.</span></p><p>We want to explore your views on these topics through a series called "How Much Is Enough?"</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:33:38 +0000 Wilson Sayre 24263 at http://wlrn.org Tell WLRN: How Much Is Enough To Live In South Florida? 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 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 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' Democrats, Labor Urge Gov. Scott To Veto Wage Bill http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-labor-urge-gov-scott-veto-wage-bill <p>Florida Democrats and advocates for working folk are turning up all the pressure they can to wring a veto out of Gov. Rick Scott sometime this month.</p><p>Their target? <a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=49853" target="_blank">House Bill 655</a>, passed during the 2013 legislative session to stop local governments from exceeding federal minimum wage and benefit guarantees.</p><p>If the governor signs the bill, counties such as Broward and Miami-Dade with special "living wage" ordinances already on their books, will have to abandon then.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 15149 at http://wlrn.org Democrats, Labor Urge Gov. Scott To Veto Wage Bill