Parkland Hospital executives have decided to increase the minimum wage for employees, effective July 1, to $10.25 per hour, well above the minimum wages set by Texas and the federal government.
Brittany Florence, who cleans floors for a living at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, will earn a living wage for the very first time.
“I can save money and move into my own place now,” Florence told ABC affiliate WFAA 8.
Next month, Florence, 25, will see her wage increase by $1.50 an hour, reports WFAA.
The pay increase stems from a move by Parkland’s executives and board members to offer around 230 entry-level employees, mostly in linen, dietary and environmental services, a living wage to narrow an ongoing pay gap.
“We are hoping this will provide our lower-level employees a more equitable standard of living, and will also benefit our organization,” said Jim Dunn, Parkland’s chief talent officer and one of five committee members, reports WFAA.
Source: The Root | ERIN C.J. ROBERTSON