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6:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Dade Democrats Keep Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage

Protesters outside of Trujillo's office in Doral.
Protesters outside of Trujillo's office in Doral.
Credit Lisann Ramos

The fight continues to raise the minimum wage.

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.

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.

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party, led by its Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, is pushing for action.

"The bill should at least get a hearing so that they could listen to the studies that show that this is in the benefit of the businesses and of the economy and not a political issue," said Taddeo.

Among the protesters was restaurant employee Gloria Lewis.

"If you do the calculations, it's not possible to live on the wages that we work for. It's time that representatives understand that we're not asking for too much, we're just asking for pay for the job that we do," said Lewis. "And it's time for the employers to understand that this is a union. They own the business, we work in the business. Without them there's no us, without us there's no them."

To focus more attention on the issue, Taddeo is living for one week as though she makes the minimum wage.

"Today I will be going to the grocery store only having $40. Forty dollars is all that a person living on minimum wage has to buy their groceries for the entire week," said Taddeo.

Taddeo and other Democratic legislators are pushing for minimum-wage awareness as the legislative session is nearing its end.