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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]

 VIDEO 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]

Disney offers to pay union members $15 per hour by 2021 2018-05-03 [Click Orlando]

Firefighter who saved dangling construction workers hailed as hero 2018-04-29 [WSVN]

2 construction workers rescued after dangling on side of Palmetto Bay building 2018-04-25 [WSVN]

It’s a Law: Workers Compensation for First Responders 2018-04-20 [FL Channel]

Workers comp *revamp* could return 2018-04-14 [Herald-Tribune]

Threat of union-busting law rallies St. Johns teachers to membership 2018-04-11 [St Augustine Recordst]

Workers Run for Their Lives as Crane Topples Over in Florida 2018-04-06 [USNews]

Building Bridges:Women Farm Workers Protest Wendy's Sexual Violence in the Fields For more info 2018-04-06 [WBAI Radio]

Florida Education Association is using the measure as a rallying point for recruiting 2018-04-03 [Ocala]

Teachers union growing thanks to new anti-union law 2018-04-01 [Ledger]

Adjuncts to officially unionize after overwhelming vote in favor 2018-03-19 [The Oracle]

Orthodox Jews in Greater New York area Send Undocumented Domestic Workers On Risky Passover Trip to Florida 2018-03-14 [The Forward]

Middle District of Florida enters default judgment in employee-misclassification lawsuit 2018-03-13 [FLRecord]

Workers Comp Benefits For Florida First Responders To Include PTSD, Governor Says 2018-03-10 [NPR]

KSC firefighters threaten pickets, strike over proposed benefit cuts 2018-03-10 [Today]

State Senate votes deal blow to teachers unions 2018-03-04 [News4JAX]

State Senate Approves Bill to Punish Teachers Union 2018-03-04 [Diane Ravitch]

Workers allege Disney withheld $1,000 bonuses until employees agree to lower wages 2018-02-23 [Think Progress]

Union Workers Want Disney to Pay Bonuses 2018-02-23 [WLTZ]

Disney workers accuse company of withholding their Trump tax cut bonuses 2018-02-23 [Chicago Tribune]

Disney workers accuse company of withholding their Trump tax cut bonuses 2018-02-21 [Wash Post]

Orlando unions file federal complaint against Disney for withholding bonuses 2018-02-20 [Orlando Weekly]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]