Security officers in Miami, Florida, have voted to authorize a lawful strike unless their employer, Kent Security, raises their wages to comply with the Miami Living Wage Ordinance.
The officers, who work hard to protect Miami's public buildings, called on city officials earlier this year to investigate allegations of wage theft by Kent. On April 26th, they filed a living wage complaint, requesting the city of Miami to order Kent to pay up to $100,000 in witheld pay.
Miami's Living Wage Ordinance was set in place to ensure the city's tax dollars went toward responsible contractors who provided good paying jobs to local residents. Kent Security officers say that they were paid below the minimum wage set by the Ordinance for at least two years while working under a taxpayer-funded contract.