TAMPA BAY RESTAURANT WORKERS HOST RALLIES TO EDUCATE FLORIDIANS TO VOTE NO ON BALLOT AMENDMENT 2
Tallahassee, FL — Tipped employees in Tampa Bay held multiple rallies to educate voters about the negative impacts of Ballot Amendment 2 last weekend.
Ballot Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot this General Election, mandates a $15 an hour minimum wage. This will force many small businesses across Florida to cut workers’ hours, lay off employees or close completely.
On Saturday, the employees gathered throughout the Tampa Bay area in Largo, Bradenton and Sarasota to inform voters about the devastating impact it will have on their income and jobs if passed.
Misty Johnson, a server for over 15 years, turned out Saturday to help rally against Ballot Amendment 2. In a recent article, Johnson stated if the minimum wage is raised, she will lose money.
“[Ballot Amendment 2] will be taking away jobs from people that are tipped in gratuity,” says Johnson. “To the point that it would take our jobs away completely. I wouldn’t be able to take care of my family the way that I am.”
Coupled with the long-term effects of COVID-19 on Florida’s economy, Ballot Amendment 2 will have catastrophic impacts on small businesses, which are the backbone of our state’s economy.
Greg Guevara, manager of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside, notes that the wage hike won’t just affect restaurants, “It’s restaurants. It’s grocery stores, their prices are going to have to go up. All across the board, prices are going to have to go up because people can’t afford to pay $15 an hour.”
Amendment 2 Hurts You is a campaign to raise awareness for the consequences of Ballot Amendment 2 on small businesses, workers and the economy.
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Help save Florida jobs by voting no on Ballot Amendment 2 this November.
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