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Laura Pierre is an eighteen-year-old high school graduate who now works full time at a Miami Chipotle. Yesterday, she gathered with dozens of other fast-food, airport, and home-care workers with a simple demand for local politicians: minimum wages to match the $15 an hour that New York's wage board recommended for its fast food workers on Wednesday. 

ST. PETERSBURG — As support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage continued to grow nationally, low-income workers demanding better pay rallied Thursday in St. Petersburg, Orlando and Miami.

A crowd of about 20 workers from the fast food and health care industries met on the steps of St. Petersburg's City Hall chanting, "Power! Miracles! Transformation!" They cheered as speakers shared their struggles about surviving on historically low wages.

At a busy corner in the ZIP Code with the highest number of Obamacare enrollments in the nation — 33012 in Hialeah —demonstrators armed with 30,000 signatures knocked on the door of state Rep. Jose Oliva’s office Thursday hoping to gain his support on the issue that has polarized Florida’s lawmakers: Medicaid expansion.

About 30 people showed up for the rally led by SEIU Local 1991, a union representing 5,000 healthcare workers in the Jackson Health System. They sought to persuade Oliva — who was not in his office — and other House Republicans opposing expansion to change their minds before the start of the legislative special session next week. Read more.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article225403...

 

Believe it or not, people eat at McDonald's. 
A lot of them, actually.

In order to meet demand for the company's product, McDonald's, which is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., has to hire people to prepare "food" featured on its menu and collect currency from customers, who then apparently consume it. Read more.
 

Today, May 19th, was supposed to be the day when undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents could begin applying for temporary deportation relief and work authorization under a new deferred action program known as DAPA(Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents).

It was announced by President Obama last November as part of his executive actions on immigration, where he also announced an expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), which he initially announced in 2012. Read more.

On Mother's Day, when the most of us mothers are celebrating, some mothers are working.

Molita Cunningham is one of them. She's a 56-year-old home healthcare worker who puts in 12 hour shifts as often as she can get them. Cunningham needs every penny she makes because as a home care worker she earns about $10 an hour( and that's after 30 years into her career). Her shifts are unpredictable so when she has work, she takes it. Read more.

BOCA RATON — A GEO Group executive Wednesday denied reports of a hunger strike at the GEO-operated Karnes County Family Detention Center in Texas.

Speaking at the private prison company’s annual shareholder meeting at the Boca Resort and Club, GEO Vice President John Bulfin said it wasn’t a hunger strike. Women immigrants simply were engaging in a “boycott of dining facilities.”  Read more.

Last week, underpaid care workers — home-care providers and nursing-home and hospital workers — across Florida took to the streets to fight for $15 an hour and a union. They are a part of a growing movement that includes adjunct professors and fast-food, airport-services, child-care and Wal-Mart workers in 230 cities from Miami to Portland.

Molita Cunningham, a home-care worker from Cutler Ridge, was out there with them. Read more.

Laura Rollins didn't used to worry so much about making ends meet. With a factory job at pencil maker Atlas Pen & Pencil Co., the $11.75 per hour she brought in was enough to cover basic essentials like health care and car insurance.

When Atlas' Hollywood, Florida facility closed in 2007, Rollins was invited to work at the company's new headquarters in Shelbyville, Tennessee. But when Atlas didn't do well in Tennessee either, Rollins came back to Florida. She sold her car and began looking for a job accessible by bus from her Fort Lauderdale home. She found one at McDonald’s, in Miramar, where she’s been working for the past five years. Read more
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Members of a group fighting to increase the minimum wage will hold protests across the Tampa Bay area and around the country today.

Florida’s Fight for $15 movement plans a day of action for low-wage workers to protest unfair pay and treatment of minimum-wage workers. Read more.

 

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