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"Poverty wages don't fly," read the signs hoisted by protesters.

On Wednesday, airport workers gathered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to demand a living wage. A local service employees union, 32BJ SEIU, organized the event.


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A Broward County small-business owner is giving his employees hefty raises.

Andrew Green is the owner and CEO of Green Solutions in Fort Lauderdale. He recently decided to give his workers raises of between 35 and 50 percent.

“The responsibility lies on you to make sure that they can have a living wage without stressing day to day if they can make ends meet," says Green.

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Broward County commissioners are considering a proposal that would extend the county’s living-wage ordinance to airport contract workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Workers such as baggage handlers, skycaps and wheelchair assistants earn an average of $7.46 per hour, according to a union report.

Gueldere Guerillis has worked at FLL for eight years and currently works two jobs, as a skycap and wheelchair attendant.

“Our paychecks cannot cover everything,” says Guerillis. “Most of us at the airport work two or three jobs to make ends meet.”

Hundreds Gather In Miami ‘Fight for $15’ Rally

Apr 16, 2015
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Fast food workers, nannies, caregivers and scores of low-wage workers and their supporters marched through downtown Miami Wednesday as part of a national union-led movement for better wages.

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Just in time for Labor Day, a new report finds that Florida’s minimum wage is less than half what workers need to cover basic expenses.

The report, titled “Families Out Of Balance,” comes from the Alliance for a Just Society, a Seattle-based advocacy group. It finds that a single adult in Florida should make about $16.98 an hour to pay for necessities like rent and utilities. That’s more than double the state’s minimum wage of $7.93.

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Take our quiz to see how good you are at identifying who you should tip.  

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.

It is not so obvious, however, that wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are paid the very same way.

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According to the federal government, "enough" is a simple, five-figure amount: $23,850. That's the poverty line. It marks a distinction between who is poor and who is not, who doesn’t have enough money to make ends meet and who does.

But over the past month, I've asked you to tell me what you think it really takes to live in South Florida. Your answers averaged about $47,600 a year -- almost exactly twice the federal poverty level.

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The discount grocery store Aldi 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.

Though it looks like a typical grocery store on the outside, a few things inside might throw you off your shopping routine. The first thing you’ll probably do is try to grab a cart. At Aldi, you have to rent it. The $.25 asking price isn’t much, but it's one of the many differences between this and any other grocery store.

Konbyen Kòb Ki Ase Pou Sa Viv Nan South Florida?

Dec 5, 2013

Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida?

Dec 5, 2013
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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.

Nadie está 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.

Queremos saber qué piensan al respecto para nuestro proyecto llamado "¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita?".

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Following national discussion about minimum wages, livable wages, and government assistance, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to explore just what it takes to live in South Florida.

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.

We want to explore your views on these topics through a series called "How Much Is Enough?"

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.

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).

Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't mean 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.

"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. "I've also managed, supervised, wash[ed] dishes."

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The Florida House has passed a bill that would preempt local living wage ordinances and a similar version is making its way through the Senate.

The House measure would not allow local governments to mandate that their vendors pay employees more than a set minimum or provide them with special work-related benefits.

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.

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.

"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. We can't live off this."