Florida’s Unemployment Insurance system is the worst in the nation. Most unemployed workers never qualify and those who do don’t receive the payments they need to pay for even the most basic necessities and the payments don’t last long enough for them to find work in an economy that is still in ruins, 700,000 jobs short of where we need to be. The dismal state of our UI system is a drain on the economy, is hindering job creation and increasing poverty. All of this misery is just because big business doesn’t want to pay the taxes they owe.
Who hasn’t sat back and mused, “Politicians are a joke. Even I could do a better job than that clown!” Let’s face it, we’ve all thought about it but most of us just as quickly dismiss the idea.
Whether it’s the sunny beaches, the diverse culture, or the world-class food and entertainment, it’s pretty obvious why Florida remains at the top of the list of states to spend your retiree years.
As a mother, woman of color, person of faith and union member, the horrific tragedy that occurred in Charleston last week has been incredibly painful to comprehend.
If you had to sign a contract on something really important, say a contract of employment or purchasing an expensive service, you’d probably want to read it in detail before pen touched paper right?
Throughout the nation a movement has been fomenting around the need for a living wage. Thousands of workers have gone on strike, politicians have stumped, and large companies such as McDonalds and Walmart have given token raises; but little has been done in Florida to make a living wage a reality.