Mi­ami fast-food work­ers join na­tion­wide La­bor Day strike

South Florida Times - - BUSINESS - Tampa Bay Times

MI­AMI - Lo­cal cooks and cashiers from McDon­ald’s, Burger King and other res­tau­rants an­nounced to­day that they will walk off the job on La­bor Day, join­ing strikes by fast-food work­ers in 300 cities from coast to coast. Mi­ami work­ers in the Fight for $15 will stress their de­mand not just for $15 an hour, but for union rights in or­der to fix the eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sys­tems in the U.S. that are rigged to ben­e­fit big cor­po­ra­tions over work­ing peo­ple.

The strike will be­gin at 6 a.m. at Mc­Don­alds, 1604 Al­ton Rd, Mi­ami Beach with work­ers car­ry­ing signs that read,“Mi­ami Needs Unions” and “$15 AND Union Rights.”

The Mi­ami an­nounce­ment comes as the Fight for $15 and the Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union join forces ahead of the 2018 elec­tion on a mas­sive voter en­gage­ment drive aimed at un­seat­ing anti-worker politi­cians and elect­ing lead­ers who sup­port a $15 an hour min­i­mum wage and union rights.

Along­side the voter en­gage­ment ini­tia­tive, di­etary aides, nurses’ as­sis­tants, trans­porters and oth­ers who work in Amer­ica’s hos­pi­tals are join­ing the Fight for $15, giv­ing the move­ment and its new po­lit­i­cal push a bul­wark in what have be­come the fac­to­ries of to­day’s econ­omy.

WHO: Mi­ami fast-food work­ers in the Fight for $15, Mi­ami com­mu­nity al­lies, clergy

WHAT: Fight for $15 Strikes, Protests on La­bor Day WHEN: 6AM, Mon­day, Septem­ber 4, 2017 WHERE: Mc­Don­alds, 1604 Al­ton Rd. Mi­ami Beach 33139

BACK­GROUND: The La­bor Day strikes and protests cap a summer of vic­to­ries for the Fight for $15 in cities across the coun­try.

Last week, Duke Uni­ver­sity and Duke Uni­ver­sity Health Sys­tem an­nounced they are rais­ing pay to $15 for 2,300 em­ploy­ees. In June, Min­neapo­lis be­came the first Mid­west­ern city to adopt a $15 an hour min­i­mum wage, rais­ing pay for an es­ti­mated 71,000 work­ers. May­ors in Cleveland and At­lanta this summer an­nounced plans to raise pay for all city em­ploy­ees to $15 an hour. And in Au­gust, Democrats made $15 an hour a cen­tral piece of their “Bet­ter Deal” plan, while vot­ers in Kansas City, Mo., ap­proved a bal­lot mea­sure by a more than 2-1 mar­gin rais­ing the city’s min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour.

In May, fast-food cooks and cashiers in New York City who won a land­mark $15 an hour min­i­mum wage in 2015 se­cured the pas­sage of new laws curb­ing abu­sive sched­ul­ing prac­tices at com­pa­nies like McDon­ald’s and paving the way for fast-food work­ers to join to­gether in their own or­ga­ni­za­tion. The or­ga­ni­za­tion leg­is­la­tion – the first of its kind – will al­low work­ers to con­tinue their fight for higher wages, ben­e­fits and stronger com­mu­ni­ties, and could serve as a model for fast-food work­ers in other cities across the coun­try.

Since launch­ing on Nov. 29, 2012, the Fight for $15 has spurred wage hikes to­tal­ing more than $62 bil­lion for 22 mil­lion un­der­paid work­ers, in­clud­ing more than 10 mil­lion who are on their way to $15 an hour, by con­vinc­ing ev­ery­one from vot­ers to politi­cians to cor­po­ra­tions to raise pay. Work­ers have taken what many viewed as an outlandish propo­si­tion – $15 an hour - and made it the new la­bor stan­dard in New York, Cal­i­for­nia, Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and Min­neapo­lis. Home care work­ers in Mas­sachusetts and Ore­gon won $15 an hour statewide min­i­mum wages and com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Face­book, Aetna, Amal­ga­mated Bank, JP Mor­gan Chase and Na­tion­wide In­sur­ance have raised pay to $15 an hour or higher.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An au­dit found that Florida's hous­ing agency spent more than $100,000 of fed­eral grant money meant for strug­gling home­own­ers on bonuses and perks for its em­ploy­ees.

The re­ports that the in­spec­tor gen­eral for the Trou­bled As­set Re­lief Pro­gram noted the spend­ing in a re­port re­leased Fri­day.

The re­port says the Florida Hous­ing Fi­nance Corp. spent $106,775 on bonuses, gift cards and bar­be­cue for em­ploy­ees. The fed­eral agency says such spend­ing is unau­tho­rized.

The Florida agency dis­agreed, say­ing the spend­ing did not vi­o­late any state or fed­eral reg­u­la­tions.

The Florida agency's for­mer di­rec­tor, Stephen Auger, re­signed last De­cem­ber

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