- $15 will create jobs!
Consumer demand is what drives job creation, not super profits and low wages. With more money in their pockets, workers will spend more boosting the local economy and create new jobs.
- Don’t let them scare you.
Every time there is a proposal for the minimum wage the corporate media goes hysterical saying it will kill jobs and wreck the economy, but it never does. The minimum wage has been raised hundreds of times and none of these nightmare scenarios have ever seen the light of day. They said the same thing about paid sick leave, the smoking ban and the plastic bag ban, but that was also a lie!
- 4 million Floridians will be lifted out of poverty.
52% of working Floridians earn less than $15 an hour. Raising the minimum wage will lift 4 million families out of poverty in Florida.
- The minimum wage has not kept pace with inflation.
50 of Florida's 67 counties, that’s 75%, suffered average wage declines between 2004 and 2013 when adjusted for inflation. In contrast, just one-third of all U.S. counties saw the same drops in pay.
- Income inequality in Florida is at an all-time high.
The top 1% earn on average $1.49 million while the bottom 99% earn an average of $34,387 according to the Economic Policy Institute. All hard working Floridians deserve fair wages, and are clearly long overdue for a raise.
- $15 is the minimum.
That’s what a minimum wage means. Any counting of tips, healthcare or other benefits as part of 15 is a way of legalizing wage theft. This would be a step backward for all of us.
- All workers need $15 to make ends meet in Florida.
Whether you work for a huge corporation or a small shop you need at least $15 as a bare minimum to live in Florida. A 2014 report by the United Way of Florida found that 45 percent - or 3.2 million - of all households in the state can’t afford basic housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.
- $15 now because the rent won’t wait.
Many of Florida’s major cities have the fastest rising rent in the U.S. According to the NLIC’s Out of Reach Report, those earning Florida's current minimum wage of $8.05 need to work 61-79 hours per week just to afford rent for a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent (not more than 30% of gross income) of $806 per month.
- It’s a myth that less skilled workers will lose their jobs.
Jobs aren’t created out of the benevolence of corporations. They need workers to run their businesses and most can’t afford to cut jobs. Higher wages won’t mean people will lose jobs, it will simply mean Floridians will be better paid.
- $15 is a racial justice issue.
People of color and immigrants have disproportionately been forced into low wage jobs. Raising the minimum would be a step towards real equality.
- $15 is a women’s rights issue.
Women in Florida are paid 83 cents for every dollar paid to men. Women, who serve as the primary breadwinners for 40% of American families, still earn less than their male counterparts. Raising the minimum would be a step towards real equality.
- $15 will boost the economy.
Working people invest in the economy while big business sucks profits out of it. More money in pockets of working people will mean more money spent locally reinvesting in our economy instead of profits being moved to the casino on Wall Street. We urgently need $15 as a step towards rebuilding our economy based on good jobs, decent wages and benefits for all.
- Big business can afford it!
We have some of the wealthiest corporations in the country doing business in Florida. Why should workers live on poverty wages while 13 of the most profitable Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Florida are raking in billions in profits and being given $147 million in subsidies?
- Big business can support small business.
Big businesses like Amazon are the real small business killers, not the minimum wage. Small businesses are squeezed by the big corporations who get all the tax breaks. Help for small business should come from these wealthy corporations and not from underpaid Floridians. We can’t forget it was Wall Street and big business who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs.
- Low wage workers are better educated than ever before.
Low wage workers are better educated than ever before, yet the economy is overwhelmingly creating low-wage jobs. A college degree is no ticket out of poverty in this system – it’s more often a ticket for paying student debt while working a low wage job.