minimum wage http://wlrn.org en Tip Your Wheelchair Pusher At Fort Lauderdale Airport http://wlrn.org/post/tip-your-wheelchair-pusher-fort-lauderdale-airport <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wlrn.org/test-your-tipping-etiquette"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Take our quiz to see how good you are at identifying who you should tip. &nbsp;</em></a></strong></p><p>If you eat at a restaurant, it's obvious you won't just pay the price of your meal. Tipping is not just customary, it is understood to be part of a server's take-home pay.</p><p>It is not so obvious, however, that wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are paid the very same way.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:34:32 +0000 Wilson Sayre 34612 at http://wlrn.org Tip Your Wheelchair Pusher At Fort Lauderdale Airport Fast-Food Workers Gather To Protest Minimum Wage In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/fast-food-workers-gather-protest-minimum-wage-south-florida <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late in the morning on Thursday, about 50 people gathered at Jackson Memorial Hospital&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to protest South Florida’s minimum wage of $7.93</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The group</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;marched through a steady drizzle of rain to a nearby Wendy's.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We can’t support our families with what we’re making,” said Rebecca Ray, who works at the Wendy’s. “So we’re doing something about it.”</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 22:21:53 +0000 Wilson Sayre & Selima Hussain 32404 at http://wlrn.org Fast-Food Workers Gather To Protest Minimum Wage In South Florida Miami Legislators Will Eat On A Minimum-Wage Food Budget http://wlrn.org/post/miami-legislators-will-eat-minimum-wage-food-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Tallahassee, legislative Democrats are facing a time of store brands and junk food -- or so they say -- as they begin a week of subsisting on the state's $7.93 minimum wage. It's all in support of an effort to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. But&nbsp;the bill that would do that is stalled in the Legislature and it's very unlikely to pass this year.</span></p><p>Click below to hear the story.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:03:16 +0000 Rick Stone 30545 at http://wlrn.org Miami Legislators Will Eat On A Minimum-Wage Food Budget Dade Democrats Keep Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage http://wlrn.org/post/dade-democrats-keep-fighting-higher-minimum-wage <p> </p> <p> The fight continues to raise the minimum wage. </p> <p> About a dozen demonstrators gathered outside of Rep. Carlos Trujillo’s district office Tuesday in Doral to show their support for a higher minimum wage. </p> <p> Trujillo chairs the House committee in charge of advancing legislation that would raise Florida's current minimum wage of $7.93 to $10.10 an hour. He’s yet to take action on the legislation. </p> <p> The Miami-Dade Democratic Party, led by its Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, is pushing for action. </p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:42:44 +0000 Lisann Ramos 30483 at http://wlrn.org Dade Democrats Keep Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage 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' South Florida Democrats Join National Effort For A $10 Minimum Wage http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-democrats-join-national-effort-10-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida’s minimum wage rose by 14 cents on Jan.&nbsp;</span>1,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to $7.93 per hour.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But two South Florida lawmakers say that doesn't go far enough.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0456" target="_blank">They’ve filed bills to raise the minimum wage</a> to $10.10 per hour.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wage increase would also apply to workers who earn tips, like restaurant servers currently making $4.91 per hour.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:20:38 +0000 Gina Jordan 26256 at http://wlrn.org South Florida Democrats Join National Effort For A $10 Minimum Wage Florida's New Minimum Wage Takes Effect In January http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-new-minimum-wage-takes-effect-january <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(239, 239, 239);">Recent protests across the country were aimed at doubling the federal minimum wage. In Florida the minimum wage will go up on Jan. 1, but not nearly by that much. Each year, the state’s minimum wage is automatically increased based on inflation. WLRN-Miami Herald reporter Kenny Malone has more details:</span></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:38:56 +0000 25663 at http://wlrn.org Florida's New Minimum Wage Takes Effect In January Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers See First Steps To Improved Wages http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-airport-workers-see-first-steps-improved-wages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 75 workers and their supporters gathered outside the Broward County Commission building Tuesday to protest their current wages.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The board approved a framework for discussions with airlines and subcontractors about a voluntary wage increase for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport workers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The commission also approved supports to establish break rooms in terminals, and to provide a hotline for anonymous employee complaints.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:27:28 +0000 Rachel Morello 23581 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers See First Steps To Improved Wages Florida Wage Theft Issues http://wlrn.org/post/florida-wage-theft-issues <p></p><p>09/30/13 - Monday&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a> examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We&rsquo;ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&rsquo;s </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> . . . Monday at 1pm on </span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp; </span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests/links: </span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wage Theft Claims,&nbsp;Miami-Dade Consumer Service: 305-375-3677 &nbsp;</span></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.miamidade.gov/business/wage-theft.asp">http://www.miamidade.gov/business/wage-theft.asp</a></strong></li><li><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Cynthia S Hernandez,&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senior Research Associate, Instructor &amp; Director of Internship Programs&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Center for Labor Research &amp; Studies&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida International University&nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://www.risep-fiu.org/">www.risep-fiu.org</a></strong></li><li><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeanette Smith&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Executive Director South</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Florida Interfaith Worker Justice&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Member of the Wage Theft Task Force &nbsp;</span><strong><a href="http://www.sfiwj.org/">www.sfiwj.org</a></strong></li><li><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Donna M. Ballman, P.A. </strong>Employment Attorney &nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.ballmanfirm.com/">www.ballmanfirm.com</a></strong></li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 21208 at http://wlrn.org Florida Wage Theft Issues 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 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'