The Miami-Dade County County Commission approved the proposal by Miami-Dade Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava to renew the concession contracts at Miami International Airport (MIA), which ensure that all workers at MIA receive a living wage.
Food and retail salespeople at MIA now make $ 17.62 an hour, which is above Florida’s minimum wage of just $ 10 an hour.
“All of our hard-working residents deserve a good wage for a hard day’s work,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “MIA is one of our most important economic engines and all thanks to the employees who keep it going.
“It is high time we made sure airport workers earn a living wage that recognizes their work and enables them to meet the basic needs of their families. I am grateful to the Commission for supporting this proposal – investing in our workforce is also investing in our economic recovery, ”added the Mayor.
“We are delighted that the Mayor and Commission have been able to support thousands of MIA workers,” said Wendi Walsh, secretary and treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 355, one of the unions representing MIA workers. “With employers facing a difficult labor shortage, the living wage will lift current workers out of poverty and help them recruit as MIA continues to recover and be fully functional again.”
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