That Union Thing

A study by the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at FIU has found that wages for Florida workers has fallen behind the cost of living, with median wages, adjusted for inflation, down 4.3 percent since 2000.

The median wage in Florida has dropped to $14 an hour, measured in 2010 dollars. Additionally, poverty jumped nearly 50 percent from 2007 to 2011, with nearly 23 percent of Floridians now living at or near poverty level.

A new Census Bureau report shows that Florida and Texas led the nation in the number of uninsured. More than 25 percent of Texans under age 65 are without health insurance, and just under 25 percent are uninsured in Florida. Of the counties in Florida, Miami-Dade and Hendry have the largest percentage of uninsured, with roughly 35 percent uninsured in both counties. Both Texas and Florida have opposed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act designed to reduce the number of uninsured.

Wal-Mart workers staged a national day of action, with protests in 15 cities. Protesters are demanding that Wal-Mart pay workers an annual wage of $25,000 for a full-time position.

San Francisco Ballet dancers are demanding to be paid better, stating that they deserve it because they are the Ballet's principal product. The Ballet is demanding wage freezes for at least one year. The dancers are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Passenger service employees at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport staged a rally at the Broward County Commission Building. Workers are protesting lack of respect and "poverty-like" wages. Most of the workers earn the state minimum wage of $7.79 an hour, or $4.77 an hour for tipped employees.


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