That Union Thing

According to the Census Bureau, nearly one in four families with children in Miami-Dade county are below the poverty level.

The rate has risen since 2008, when the rate was only 17.5 percent. Adjusted for inflation, the typical wage of a Miami-Dade resident has fallen seven percent, or nearly $2,000, since 2008.

University of Miami dining hall workers staged a protest, walking off the job for two hours to protest low wages. The employees work for Chartwells, which has been in negotiations with union UNICCO since August. Many of the workers earn less than $10,000 per year.

According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are over 750,000 people in Florida that earn to much to qualify for Medicaid but earn too little to receive any subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Individuals must earn an annual salary of at least the Federal poverty level of $11,490 (or $23,550 for a family of four) to qualify for subsidies to reduce their healthcare premiums. Those below the poverty level were originally intended to be covered by Medicaid, but Florida refused to expand Medicaid, turning down $51 billion in Federal funding meant to provide healthcare coverage for those below the poverty level. Nationally, 5.2 million people fall in the coverage gap.


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