Broward County Commissioners have approved expansion of the County's current living wage ordinance to include all contracted service workers at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The revised ordinance will be presented for a final vote after a public hearing set for October 13th.
Broward County hired the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy at Florida International University to conduct a study on expanding the living wage to cover an estimated 1,200 airport workers currently exempt from the county's ordinance. The study found that expanding the living wage would reduce economic hardships and reliance on government assistance, increase spending in Broward County, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover and training costs and result in higher productivity and skill levels of workers.
Living wage under the Broward County ordinance is $11.68 per hour if health benefits are included or $13.20 per hour without health benefits. Broward County's previous ordinance generally applies to companies with county contracts, but did not apply to airline service contractors who hire employees for services such as porter services, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cleaners, and other airline related jobs.
This is the seventh time in five years that this item has come to us for a vote and each time I have voted yes. I've supported this from the very beginning.