[MIAMI, FL – October 10, 2019] Today, Florida for a Fair Wage is proud to announce that SPLC Action Fund has joined the fight to bring all Floridians a living wage. SPLC Action Fund contributed $250,000 to the campaign to raise Florida’s minimum wage via a 2020 citizen-initiated ballot initiative. This generous donation comes at a time when the campaign has just finished collecting petitions and is beginning to build infrastructure for the campaign-phase.
“We are so thankful that SPLC Action Fund is joining the fight to ensure that all hard-working Floridians can receive a fair and livable wage,” said Ben Pollara, senior strategist for Florida for a Fair Wage. “The Fair Wage Amendment would help reverse decades of growing pay inequality and allow individuals to take pride in a hard day’s work.”
The Fair Wage Amendment would increase the minimum wage by slightly over $1 an hour to $10 per hour in 2021, then increases the hourly pay by $1 per hour each year until it gradually reaches $15 per hour in 2026. After 2026, Florida’s minimum wage would increase with the rate of inflation, just as the state’s constitution currently requires. Florida’s current minimum wage is $8.46 per hour.
“We are committed to helping lead Florida’s fight for a fair wage,” said Emily Early, staff attorney for the economic justice project at SPLC. “This campaign is about protecting the dignity of work. There are hundreds of thousands of hard-working Floridians living in poverty, many of them low-income women from communities of color. A $15 minimum wage would give people a chance to break the cycle of poverty and lead a more economically stable life.”
The campaign currently has 760,271 verified petitions. It takes 766,200 petitions to make the ballot.
Florida for a Fair Wage’s mission is to guarantee that every hard-working Floridian has the dignity of a living wage. Attorney John Morgan is Chairman of the organization.