TampaBay Blue reminds our readers to consider a corporation's history before you give at the check-out. Can you really assume that companies are sincere in their charitable solicitations when they opposed Florida's Amendment 3 in 2006 or the increase in the minimum wage?
When Florida's ballot included an amendment to increase the minimum wage there were many Republican and corporate opponents:
Restaurant and retailers associations backed a TV ad that likened the minimum wage to one more hurricane for the then-storm-ravaged state. "A jobs killer in a category all its own."
Remember the doublespeak of the so-called Coalition to Save Florida Jobs?
One gets an idea by reviewing Carl Hiassen's essay, "Special interests behind push for Amendment 3" for a list of companies and entities who opposed Amendment 3 in 2006: Among the industry lobby groups and big-name companies that didn't trust Floridians to shape their own constitution:
National Association of Home Builders,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
The Florida Association of Realtors,
The St. Joe Co.,
Lykes Bros. Inc.,
Florida Chamber of Commerce and
Publix (where shopping might be a pleasure, but civic activism is apparently an annoyance).
A stronger better paid working class is far better than charity. Publix and Outback should support working people and should not have sought to suppress an increase in the minimum wage.