About 75 workers and their supporters gathered outside the Broward County Commission building Tuesday to protest their current wages.
The board approved a framework for discussions with airlines and subcontractors about a voluntary wage increase for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport workers. The commission also approved supports to establish break rooms in terminals, and to provide a hotline for anonymous employee complaints.
09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers. But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction. Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted. We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls. That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN.
Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force www.sfiwj.org
Losia Nyankale helps daughter Jonessa and son Juliean learn the alphabet. Nyankale, who works in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., says she needs food stamps and child-care subsidies to make ends meet.
Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't mean to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.
"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. "I've also managed, supervised, wash[ed] dishes."