Could Miami Beach Hotels Soon Pay Employee Transportation?

Union members are collecting signatures for their proposed initiative that would require that some Miami Beach hotels provide transportation to and from work for their employees.
According to the Miami Herald, the measure proposed by Unite Here Local 355 would require 4,500 signatures from registered voters in the city. If those signatures are obtained, the bill would appear on the 2018 ballot and could go into action as early as August.
The newspaper said in accordance with the initiative, hotels such as the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc must offer a transit card equal to the cost of Miami-Dade Transit’s monthly EasyCard for public transportation such as the bus, Metrorail or Metromover. 
Employees would also be eligible for ride-sharing services such as Uber or van transport services. If hotels don’t offer transport credits, they can instead pay about $800 annually per eligible employee to the city of Miami Beach.
The paper reports that the Fontainebleau currently offers pre-tax payroll deductions on bus passes and possibly emergency cab rides in the near future.  
Over 80 percent of the estimated 6,000 employees do not live on the beach – often due to high rent prices.

Union members are collecting signatures for their proposed initiative that would require that some Miami Beach hotels provide transportation to and from work for their employees.

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According to the Miami Herald, the measure proposed by Unite Here Local 355 would require 4,500 signatures from registered voters in the city. If those signatures are obtained, the bill would appear on the 2018 ballot and could go into action as early as August.

The newspaper said in accordance with the initiative, hotels such as the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc must offer a transit card equal to the cost of Miami-Dade Transit’s monthly EasyCard for public transportation such as the bus, Metrorail or Metromover. 

Employees would also be eligible for ride-sharing services such as Uber or van transport services. If hotels don’t offer transport credits, they can instead pay about $800 annually per eligible employee to the city of Miami Beach.

The paper reports that the Fontainebleau currently offers pre-tax payroll deductions on bus passes and possibly emergency cab rides in the near future.

Over 80 percent of the estimated 6,000 employees do not live on the beach – often due to high rent prices.