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Today's news - Florida

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]

 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]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]