Emerald Coast Working Families Support Pending Minimum Wage Legislation

By: Winnie Wright Email
By: Winnie Wright Email

News Release: Florida State Council of Machinists

For far too long, hard working Floridians have watched as the middle class has disappeared, wages have stagnated or fallen, and corporate interests have ruled our State’s legislature.

Today, on March 17th, 2014, community members and union activists from the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor mobilized to support Senator Dwight Bullard’s legislative action to increase Florida’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Of notable mention is the statement from Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich expressing support for raising the minimum wage. The Northwest Florida Federation of Labor supports Senator Rich’s stance on the issue, and encourages all candidates seeking election for Governor of Florida to adopt similar positions.

One of Florida’s ten Labor Councils, the Northwest Florida Federation of Labor represents approximately 120,000 working families in the Florida Panhandle. Together, with the Florida State Council of Machinists, and the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, working families in the Florida Panhandle stand poised to support
legislation that increases the minimum wage.

Florida Senator Dwight Bullard is calling on the state's government to "Raise the Wage".

The Senator held a press conference today as part of the "Riase the Wage" Week of Action. He was joined by other leaders in the state to demand that minimum wage be raised to $10.10 per hour. Bullard says Florida's schools and infrastructure need improving, and they can't do that without money from sales taxes. His argument is that if people are bringing home more income, they will spend more money, which leads to improvements across the state.

"There is no reason for someone who works 40 hours a week to not be able to put food on the table, and that's the reality that we're facing here in the State of Florida. And so, it's government's responsibility to mitigate those problems."

Week of Action continues tomorrow with Twitter Bomb Tuesday. Bullard says you can encourage your local representatives to raise the wage by tweeting #raisethewage.

Wail Out Wednesday is March 19, 2014. Call the office of Senator Nancy Detert (850) 487-5815 and Representative Carlos Trujillo (850) 717-5105 and ask them to hear Senate Bill 456 and House Bill 385.

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