VOICES FROM THE COMMUNITY


VOTE LOCAL for better jobs in Orange County

by Denise Diaz
Director of Central Florida Jobs With Justice

Orlando’s Shameka White is a single mother of three who has worked for the same company for four years. She still makes her original starting salary of $8.50-per-hour. Although her company provides health insurance coverage, she has never been able to afford it for her or her children. For Shameka, paying rent and keeping up with her bills on such low wages is a constant struggle. Shameka is among the many workers in Orange County who know what it feels like to struggle from paycheck to paycheck.

Brummer's POWER GRAB: Not So Hot

by Armando Socarras

Small Business Owner

As a local small business owner I’m invested in the well being of our community. My company, Armando y Jorge’s Orlandoñan Hot Sauce, even boasts of Orlando in the name.

Don't Forget Orange County's Bus Riders

by Patrick Foote

Organizer with Central Florida Jobs With Justice and TRU

Riding the bus is a part‐time job in Central Florida - an unpaid one. A 2011 study put out by the Brookings Institute ranked the Orlando Metro area as number 83 of the top 100 metro areas in the country in terms of being able to get to work in a timely manner. 

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW


Here's the reality of working moms in Orange County who don't have Earned Sick Time: "Those of us who are poor are “charged points” at our jobs which can lead to termination or lower pay. It creates a class system, where the upper middle class do well and the poor make do, get sicker and worse, die due to a lack of time off to see doctors who can check symptoms before it’s too late."

Confusion about the August 26 election means folks area less likely to vote, which would suit local officialdom just fine. All summer long, our local electeds have schemed with lobbyists to make these elections even more confusing and opaque. Clearly, this election matters to those who wish to extract value from our community and our families, so it should matter to YOU.

Big issue will be on November ballot that threatens to keep citizens out of policy making. 

 

Billy Manes takes liveblogging to the level of high art in his coverage of the Brummer charter amendments as it happened. 

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