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Today's news - Florida

Health insurance changes loom for state workers 2019-05-05 [Florida Politics]

NASA Workers Warned About Sharing Images After SpaceX Explosion Video Leak: Report 2019-05-02 [Space]

Mar-a-Lago Rejected Americans for Foreign Workers 2019-04-27 [Politcal Wire]

MIA*s Forgotten Workers: Low Wages, Poor Treatment For Many At Miami International Airport 2019-04-21 [CBS]

Florida House Passed Bill Helping Domestic Violence Victims With Unemployment Benefits 2019-04-18 [FL Daily]

At Trump’s Florida Resort Empire, a Quiet Effort to Eliminate an Undocumented Work Force 2019-04-10 [NYTimes]

Republicans and corporate interests pushing anti-union measure 2019-03-07 [FL Phoenix]

Florida sheriff: Spa workers are sex-trafficking victims 2019-02-24 [Boston Herald]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]