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Today's news - Florida

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]

Coca-Cola Beverages FL Workers Join Teamsters Local 769 2018-06-29 [Teamsters]

In election-year drive, teachers union pushes for higher pay 2018-06-27 [Daily Commercial]

Florida teachers union asks candidates to pledge support for higher pay 2018-06-26 [Tampa Bay]

Trump labor board rules against union at Disney 2018-06-23 [Herald Tribune]

The Florida Times-Union newsroom just announced its intention to unionize 2018-06-21 [Orlando Weekly]

FL Workers Unveil Agenda for Governor, Legislature 2018-06-11 [PNS]

Disney embraces $15 minimum wage in negotiations with workers 2018-06-04 [WSLS]

Disney World union loses fight over $1,000 bonuses 2018-06-02 [Orlando Sentinel]

Florida unions welcome change, say Gov. Rick Scott has been a 'bad boss' 2018-05-22 [USA Today]

Is insurrection erupting within the Florida Education Association? 2018-05-20 [FL Politics]

Lyft drivers at Disney World can join union: official 2018-05-15 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Disney union can now represent the park's Lyft drivers 2018-05-15 [Erie News Now]

An allegation of union busting in Hillsborough 2018-05-11 [Tampa Bay Times]

The space industry is getting feisty. Workers are mad, space is an actual landfill and now CANDY is involved? 2018-05-10 [FLToday]

ULA Machinists Union Workers Go On Strike 2018-05-08 [Aviation Week]

Disney offers Orlando union workers $15 per hour proposal that cuts protections 2018-05-05 [Orlando Weekly]

Changing its policy, Indian River County offers light-duty option to pregnant firefighters 2018-05-03 [TCPalm]

Federal Tax Cuts Spur 1.8% Decrease in Florida Workers Comp Rates 2018-05-03 [Insurance Jrnl]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]