Miami-Dade Commission Extends Living Wage to All MIA Employees

The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s proposal to expand concession agreements at Miami International Airport (MIA) that ensure all MIA workers earn a living wage.

Employees of MIA’s food and retail vendors will now earn $17.62 an hour, above Florida’s minimum wage of just $10 an hour.

“All of our hard-working residents deserve to earn good pay for a hard day’s work,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “MIA is one of our most important economic engines and it’s thanks to the employees who make it work.

“It is high time that we ensure that the airport workforce earns a living wage that recognizes their work and allows them to provide for their families’ basic needs. I am grateful to the commission for supporting this proposal – an investment in our workforce is also an investment in our economic recovery,” the mayor added.

“We are thrilled that the mayor and the commission were able to bring home the living wages of thousands of MIA workers,” said Wendi Walsh, secretary-treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 355, one of the unions representing workers in MIA. “As employers face tough labor shortages, Living Wage will lift current employees out of poverty and help recruit new employees as MIA continues to rebound and return to full operations. “

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Michael A. Bynum