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All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Here are seven reasons why: 1. Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom. 2. $10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum. Read more >>>

It’s good to be a CEO, at least paywise. According to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch, released today, it’s 331 times better to be a CEO than an average worker. PayWatch finds that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013, while the average worker earned $35,293. The gap between CEOs and minimum wage workers is more than twice as wide—774 times. Read more >>>

Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears. Read the full article>>>

 

Welcome to the new and fully functioning Orlando Central Labor Council website. This will become a place for people to see what is happening at a local level within the greater Orlando Area. As time goes on this site will provide both the dates of upcoming events and gatherings but also a place to look at and discuss local and national news that affect the working people of the Orlando area.

Welcome to the Central Florida CLC website! The Central Florida Labor Council represents 182 local labor unions and councils, representing over 45,000 working men and women, retirees and their families in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.

We are construction workers, classroom teachers, transportation workers, firefighters, office employees, government employees along with a broad range of other trades and professions.

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The Central Florida AFL-CIO is the Central Labor Council representing over 45,000 members of 163 unions throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties.  The mission of the Central Florida AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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