FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miami, FL — On Nov. 17th, the City of Miami passed an ordinance raising the living wage to $15 an hour for all service providers under contract with the city. Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, released the following statement in response:
“Miami suffers from a staggeringly low median wage, with the lowest paid workers getting paid some of the worst wages in the nation. Today, the City of Miami has taken a step forward in ensuring that at least employees under contract with the city will finally make a real living wage of $15 an hour.
“We want to thank Vice Chair Ken Russell for being a champion on raising wages in Miami and a rockstar for working Miamians. We also extend our gratitude to Chairman Keon Hardemon for joining him in co-sponsoring this legislation and Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort for voting in favor of the ordinance.
“With Miami in the midst of a housing crisis and struggling with the greatest level of income inequality in a major US city, there is so much more that needs to be done. However, today we can celebrate an important victory in the Fight for $15 and a step forward in the struggle to lift up Miami’s working families.”
SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.