Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, Senator Dwight Bullard Living on Minimum Wage for a Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Contact: Rachel Johnson, 305.771.2167
Email: rachel@miamidadedems.org

Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, Senator Dwight Bullard Living on Minimum Wage For a Week
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This week, Miami-Dade Dems chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein will join Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39) to live on minimum wage for a week to bring attention to an issue affecting millions of Floridians. GOP leadership in the house and senate refuse to move out of committee a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10, as Florida moves into the second and final month of legislative session.

"Republicans' refusal to move on minimum wage is inexcusable," said Taddeo-Goldstein. "Florida has the second-highest number of people working minimum wage of any state in the country — and, after adjusting for inflation, the minimum wage now pays less than it did in 1968.

Senator Bullard and I are standing in solidarity with the millions of workers in Florida who try to make ends meet on an unlivable wage. And we are challenging more state lawmakers to join us — let them try it and see the real human consequences of their inaction in Tallahassee."

A typical week of earnings at minimum wage amounts to $317 before taxes.

Minimum Wage Week Events:

Tuesday, April 8th at 8:30 am: Press Conference at Rep. Trujillo's district office
2500 NW 107th Avenue, Suite 204, Doral, 33172

Wednesday, April 9th from 5 - 7 pm: Phonebank into Rep. Carlos Trujillo's district
Miami Dems Office, 2141 SW 1st Street, Suite 204, Miami, 33135

Thursday, April 10th at 11 am: Press Call with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Miami Dems Chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein
Media: To register to join the call, please email Rachel at rachel@miamidadedems.org for instructions

Weeklong social media activity: Follow @Annette_Taddeo & @DwightBullard on Twitter and use the hashtag #unlivablewage to get updates on their experience living on minimum wage.

The facts on minimum wage:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 in Florida would directly benefit over 1.2 million workers who now make less than that per hour, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
  • A new report shows that not only will minimum wage not harm jobs — in 13 states including Florida, raising the wage boosted employment.

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