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Morgan says he’s ready to ‘go to war’ for a ballot measure to raise Florida’s minimum wage

BY: - December 20, 2019

A day after the Florida Supreme Court approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage ballot measure, Orlando lawyer John Morgan says he is ready to “go to war” for the working poor in Florida to pass the proposal in the 2020 general election. “What I’m fixing to do is go to war on behalf of the working […]

Florida Supreme Court clears the way for a $15-an-hour minimum wage ballot measure

BY: - December 19, 2019

A court ruling has cleared the way for Floridians to decide next year whether they want to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Florida Supreme unanimously ruled Thursday in favor of a ballot proposal which if approved by at least 60 percent of the voters next November would raise Florida’s hourly […]

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Support staff are the backbone of Florida’s schools, but they’re ignored in the debate about teacher pay

BY: - November 19, 2019

Most Floridians know all too well the needs of their public schools. More than 300,000 students started this school year without a certified teacher in their classroom. To make matters worse, all four school superintendents who testified at the House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Oct. 24 said they have more instructional vacancies now than at the […]

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Initiative to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passes key hurdle

BY: - October 30, 2019

A constitutional initiative to let Floridians decide whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has passed a key milestone. The Florida for a Fair Wage campaign says it has collected enough validated voter signatures to qualify the proposed state constitutional amendment for a spot on the November 2020 general election ballot. […]

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Gov. DeSantis – a citizens’ initiative skeptic – disses proposal to raise Florida’s minimum wage

BY: - October 28, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis came out Monday against a proposed constitutional amendment to raise Florida’s minimum wage, telling a big-business conference that the state should make it harder to change the Florida Constitution through citizens’ initiatives. The governor, delivering the keynote address to the Associated Industries of Florida’s annual conference, pitched the proposed minimum wage hike […]

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Southern Poverty Law Center invests big in effort to hike Florida’s minimum wage

BY: - October 10, 2019

The campaign to raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has received an injection of campaign cash and grassroots support with the news that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Action Fund is contributing $250,000 to the effort. “I’m proud to welcome SPLC Action Fund to this important fight,” John Morgan, the chairman for […]

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Minimum-wage ballot measure nears key milestone

BY: - September 23, 2019

An effort to let Florida voters decide whether to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour is close to reaching a key milestone. The Florida for Fair Wage campaign has collected 731,215 validated voter signatures as of Monday, just short of the 766,200 signatures that will be needed to place the state constitutional […]

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Florida lags behind most of the nation when it comes to working conditions, report says

BY: - September 11, 2019

A critique of Florida’s workplaces show that the state is struggling when it comes to boosting wages and offering key benefits for employees, a new study shows. The 2019 Oxfam America “Best States to Work” index lists Florida as 37th in the nation, the same ranking as a year ago. The study critiques three workplace […]

Florida has 10 million-plus workers: Here’s a snapshot of who they are

BY: - September 2, 2019

Florida’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, older and better educated, according to a new Labor Day-related report from Florida International University. With more than 10 million workers and a 3.3 percent unemployment rate as of July, Florida’s workforce has largely recovered from the impact of the Great Recession that reached its peak in the state […]

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Another FL city – Tampa – commits to pay its workers a $15-per-hour minimum wage

BY: - August 29, 2019

Standing alongside members of local unions, Democratic Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced this week that all City of Tampa employees will get a $15-per-hour minimum wage. “It’s just the right thing to do,” Castor said of the $15 minimum that starts Oct. 1. “Growing the talent that we need to ensure a strong future for […]

Florida’s ‘PotDaddy’ handicaps recreational marijuana ballot proposals

BY: - August 28, 2019

PotDaddy says Florida voters may get to decide next year on whether to allow recreational marijuana in the state, but it will be a difficult task. “I think it has a better chance than not, but I think it is razor thin,” said John Morgan, the flamboyant trial lawyer who financed and promoted a successful […]

John Morgan, aka ‘PotDaddy,’ says Florida is ready for legalized weed

BY: - August 6, 2019

PotDaddy says it’s time for Florida to legalize recreational marijuana. Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan – who sometimes uses the Twitter hashtag #PotDaddy – says he is throwing his considerable expertise and possibly financial resources behind the effort to put a state constitutional amendment on the November 2020 ballot to legalize recreational marijuana. “I have […]