(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Construction workers who are struggling to make a living in today’s tough economy got a major boost from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and her colleagues on the dais. On Tuesday, July 3, Commissioner Jordan and other commissioners approved a Responsible Wage ordinance, which requires private companies building on County-owned land to pay their workers a “responsible” wage.
“There are many people who had doubts about this legislation,” said Commissioner Jordan. “They were afraid that the Responsible Wage ordinance would not be business-friendly. While I understand the plight of companies, I am also sympathetic to the needs of our local residents.
“At some point, we’ve got to find a delicate balance that allows us to take into consideration the concerns of companies, and allows us to focus on the average laymen who is trying to provide food for their families.”
According to County administrators, the responsible wage will vary depending on the job title. It will be based on hourly wages, pension, life insurance and health insurance, or a combination of these benefits.
In an 8-2 vote, Commissioners gave the “thumbs-up” for the Responsible Wage ordinance.