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Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to the defeat of SB 598:

“Efforts by the State Senators in Tallahassee to roll back living wage ordinances in Miami-Dade, Broward, Pinellas, Alachua, and numerous counties and cities across Florida was quashed thanks to a 3-2 vote in the State Senate today. We applaud the leadership of State Senators Bullard, Latvala and Ring.

“Instead of subsidizing corporations with our tax dollars, the Legislature should invest in working families by upholding the current living wage ordinances and encourage the expansion into new cities and counties.

SEIU Florida and our neighbors will continue to organize with renewed vigor to raise Florida’s minimum wage from a measly $8.05 to $15 an hour, which would lift 4 million Floridians and their families out of poverty.”


SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.

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