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ACORN News: ACORN News: Florida Gets a Raise!
ACORN News: Florida Gets a Raise!
72% of Florida Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase
Miami ACORN members rallied on October 28 in support
of A mendment 5.
On November 2, ACORN and Floridians for All won a raise for
wor king families in Florida. By the overwhelming margin of 72% to 28%,
voters throughout the state voted to raise the state's minimum wage by
$1 above th e federal level, with annual indexing to inflation. ACORN
members around Fl orida worked hard to first get the minimum wage
5, on the ballot by collecting nearly a million signatures, and then to
get out t he vote on Election Day. The wage increase will go into effect
six months f rom now and will affect an estimated 850,000 hard-working
Floridians, provi ding a full-time minimum wage worker with an
additional $2,000 in annual in come.
Voters in all of Florida's counties approved the wage increase,
demonstrating the importance of economic issues for voters across party
li nes. Florida is now the 13th state in the country - and the first in
the So uth - to pass a minimum wage higher than the federally mandated
$5.15, and only the third to index the wage to inflation.
ACORN members in Tampa came together to support the
minim um wage increase.
In September, a study commissioned by the Center for
American P rogress and conducted by economists Robert Pollin and Mark
Brenner of the P olitical Economy Research Institute found that the wage
increase will have a positive impact on Florida's economy overall, as
well as on individual lo w wage workers. In low-income neighborhoods,
for example, retailers may see
a 3% increase in sales simply because their patrons have more money to
The minimum wage amendment was drafted by the Brennan Center
fo r Justice at New York University, and financial support for the
pass the measure came from NEA, MoveOn.org, SEIU, AFSCME, AFT, and others.
In order to pass the minimum wage measure, Floridians for
All a nd ACORN organized a massive Get-Out-the-Vote campaign. In the
the election, Floridians for All and ACORN, along with allies including
St ate Senator Tony Hill, organized a 10-day, 15-city bus tour with
speakers i ncluding Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. ACORN
members also held G et-Out-the-Vote rallies around the state and were
joined in Miami by Michae l Moore and actress Roseanne Barr. ACORN's
Election Day operation included over 1,600 volunteers and workers who
knocked on doors, handed out material
and gave rides to the polls in 13 cities.
For more information, contact Jen Kern at natacorncam at acorn.org
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ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform
No w, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and
moderate-inco me families, with over 150,000 member families organized
into 700 neighborh ood chapters in 65 cities across the country. Since
1970 ACORN has taken ac tion and won victories on issues of concern to
our members. Our priorities include: better housing for first time
homebuyers and tenants, living wages
for low-wage workers, more investment in our communities from banks and
go vernments, and better public schools. We achieve these goals by
building co mmunity organizations that have the power to win changes --
through direct action, negotiation, legislation, and voter participation.
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