Wage increases in the Sunshine State will occur progressively, expected to stand at $15 per hour by 2026
After being approved a constitutional amendment in 2020 that had as its main objective to progressively increase the minimum wage in the state of Florida, this Saturday it was reported that the wage now stands at $12 dollars per hour.
According to FloridaCommerce prior to voter approval in the 2020 ballot measure the Sunshine State’s minimum wage stood at $8.56 per hour, in 2021 it was raised to $10 and by 2026 it is expected to stand at $15 per hour.
On the other hand, Georgia continues to maintain the state minimum wage at $5.15 dollars, as does Wyoming being one of the lowest, compared to Washington’s which currently stands at $15.54 dollars per hour and is positioned as one of the highest of all states, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has remained unchanged at $7.25 per hour.
California has made some wage adjustments for fast food workers, increasing their wage to $20 dollars per hour and for all other workers it remains at $15.50 dollars per hour.
This wage increase comes after Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new Fast Food Standards and Accountability Recovery Act. “Today we take another step toward fairer wages, safer and healthier working conditions and better training by giving fast food workers a stronger voice and a seat at the table,” the burgomaster said.
Since the beginning of this year, workers in different sectors of the economy have carried out work stoppages, in order to demand wage increases and improvements in working conditions.
Although some have reached agreements, such is the case of the writers’ guild in Hollywood ending months on strike, employees of car manufacturers are in the streets demanding negotiations to meet their requirements.
Meanwhile, the health care sector is expected to begin a work stoppage this week with approximately 75,000 Kaiser Permanente workers if fair wage agreements are not reached.