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Today's news - Florida

Meet Harv: Agricultural workers may soon be replaced by harvesting robots 2019-02-18 [Washington Post]

New GOP Gov DeSantis Wants Another Voucher Program to Steal Money from Public Schools 2019-02-17 [Diane Ravitch]

Union official complains about member intimidation, disrespect during St. Pete Beach negotiations 2019-01-31 [Tampa Bay Weekly]

Help continues to pour in at the Orlando International Airport for federal workers without pay 2019-01-18 [FOX]

Shutdown hits some US airports: Miami closes a concourse, Tampa sets up food pantry 2019-01-13 [The Straits Times]

Government shutdown, week 4: Miami airport closes terminal in wake of TSA employee absences 2019-01-13 [The Examiner]

Miami airport closes terminal as TSA workers refuse to work without pay 2019-01-13 [AJC]

Miami airport closes a terminal early after more unpaid TSA officers call out sick during government shutdown 2019-01-13 [CNBC]

Federal prison workers plan to march to State Capitol 2019-01-10 [WTXL]

Florida McDonald's Workers Stage Walkout Over Workplace Violence After Viral Customer Attack Video 2019-01-09 [Newsweek]

Florida Education Association Responds to Governor DeSantis on Quality Education 2019-01-08 [Diane Ravitch]

McDonald's attack highlights need for protection for fast-food workers | Commentary 2019-01-08 [Orlando Sentinel]

Florida fast-food workers plan to strike Tuesday over McDonald's straw fight fiasco 2019-01-08 [Fox News]

In aftermath of viral McDonald's fight, workers plan strike to demand training, protection from violence 2019-01-08 [Tampa Bay Times]

McDonald’s Workers to Protest Attack on Employee 2019-01-08 [Bloomberg]

Alachua County is first in FL to end prison slave labor 2018-12-28 [SFBayView]

Brevard teachers union halts raise negotiations, calling district's offers laughable 2018-12-20 [FL Today]

Adjuncts at Santa Fe College file for union 2018-12-16 [Gainsville Sun]

Unions make new connections with Lee County public-sector workers 2018-12-08 [News-Press]

Trump Bedminster club hired undocumented immigrants, two workers claim 2018-12-07 [CNN]

‘They will not break us.’ Pinellas teachers turn down a raise to press for better working conditions 2018-12-02 [Tampa Bay Times]

Brooksville Cemex workers unionize with safety as top priority 2018-11-16 [Tampa Bay]

Florida Approves 13.8% Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease 2018-11-14 [Insurance Jrnl]

State approves 13.8 percent cut for workers' comp insurance rate 2018-11-06 [Orlando Sentinel]

Teamsters Joint Council 75 And Allies Continue Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts 2018-10-28 [Biz Insider]

Miami Air International flight attendants vote for ratification of new contract 2018-10-15 [CAPA]

Tomato Harvest Slavery 2018-10-15 [The Epoch Times]

Postal unions protest in Viera against Trump proposal to privatize mail service 2018-10-10 [FL Today]

Jacksonville U.S. Postal Service workers rally against Trump's proposal to privatize 2018-10-10 [CBS]

Rallying postal workers in Cape Coral have message for congress: U.S. Mail is not for sale 2018-10-10 [News-Press]

Orlando airport workers to rally for pay increase 2018-09-19 [Spectrum News 13]

Disney workers celebrate union vote for pay raises 2018-09-08 [Orlando Sentinel]

Disney workers approve new contract raising minimum wage 2018-09-07 [SFGate]

2 Construction Workers Fall 6 Stories to Their Deaths After Scaffolding Collapses Near Disney World 2018-08-30 [People]

Two construction workers fall to their death in Florida after scaffolding collapses 2018-08-30 [ABC]

Walt Disney World Union Workers Win Deal for $15 Minimum Wage 2018-08-27 [Fortune]

Disney World, unions representing 38K workers reach deal to raise starting pay to $15 by 2021 2018-08-26 [ABC]

Walt Disney World Workers Reach Deal for $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 2018-08-26 [New York Times]

Disney, unions representing 38,000 workers reach deal to raise starting pay to $15 by 2021 2018-08-26 [WSB]

Disney Offers Tuition for Hourly Workers in Tight Job Market 2018-08-23 [VOX]

Videos show construction workers on Florida bridge before collapse 2018-08-17 [SFChronicle]

Labor union launches ads targeting Democrat Gwen Graham over her family involvement in American Dream mega-mall 2018-08-15 [Tampa Bay Times]

Pasco teachers union surpasses state mandated membership level 2018-08-07 [Tampa Bay Times]

Tallahassee Com College union says new rules would mean faculty pay cut 2018-08-04 [Tallahassee Democrat]

PATCO, AFL-CIO 2018-08-02 [PATCO]

Kennedy Space Center firefighters picket near spaceport to protest contract 2018-07-28 [Today]

Miami Beach is fighting sexual assault. Now hotel housekeepers will get panic buttons 2018-07-26 [The Herald]

Trump Mar-A-Lago Wants to Hire 61 Foreign Workers As Cooks & Waiters For The Winter Season 2018-07-08 [Bustle]

Mar-a-Lago seeks permission to hire 61 more foreign workers on H-2 visas 2018-07-07 [MSN]

Florida teachers sue over union busting law: report 2018-07-04 [The Hill]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]