Originally posted November 7th 2014 to http://floridawestcoastgreens.org by Jeff Roby
“Florida, like the rest of the South, is going to be a tough nut to crack. Like much of the South, it is a right-to-work state with a solidly Republican state legislature. Furthermore, Florida statute 218.077(2) forbids local jurisdictions from passing any minimum wage or other employee benefits in excess of those mandated by state or federal law.
From the git-go, we were told that the cause of the $15/hour minimum wage was doomed. 218.077(2) trumped everything, and that was that. We could support the efforts of SEIU’s Fight for 15 to organize fast-food workers in Tampa, or support city workers in St. Petersburg in their demand for a $15 minimum for themselves. But flying in the face of all reason, we determined that we would challenge 218.077(2) straight-on.”