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CWA Public Workers in Florida Aren’t Backing Down 2023-09-01 [CWA]

Orlando union buster fails to dissuade massage therapists from organizing 2023-08-12 [The Weekly]

As FL continues to bake, Biden announces ways to protect workers from extreme heat 2023-07-28 [Miami Herald]

Miami-Dade County moves forward with new rules to protect workers from extreme heat 2023-07-19 [AP]

Miami-Dade proposal to give outdoor workers extreme heat protections passes first hurdle For more info 2023-07-19 [Health News FL]

Here is how Florida’s E-Verify mandate is already affecting workers, employers 2023-07-07 [WPLG Local 10.com]

Hardline DeSantis immigration law causes exodus of migrant workers from agriculture and construction 2023-07-04 [Independent UK]

DOL sues Arise Virtual Solutions customer support service provider for workers misclassified as independent contractors 2023-06-30 [DOL]

FL judge refuses to block union dues change 2023-06-29 [WCJB]

Florida rail workers protest after they say company fired 31 workers for joining union 2023-06-25 [WJXT]

Rail workers protest after they say company fired 31 workers for joining union 2023-06-23 [News4JAX]

In FL, the heat can kill. But there are no laws to protect its many outdoor workers 2023-06-11 [Miami Herald]

Rep. Nixon: New anti-union law is state sanctioned harassment of public sector workers 2023-05-21 [Jacksonville.com]

Local businesses losing workers due to new Florida immigration law 2023-05-20 [WPBF News]

In Florida, agricultural workers are fearful and brace for changes under new immigration law 2023-05-20 [NBC]

How Florida's new immigration law will affect undocumented workers 2023-05-20 [CNN]

Postal service workers protest in Tampa, nationwide 2023-04-29 [WTSP]

Bill Gives Politicians Power to Disband Unions 2023-04-28 [IAMAW]

Tesla broke U.S. labor law by silencing workers, official rules 2023-04-27 [Automotive News]

Tesla broke U.S. labor law by silencing workers, official rules 2023-04-26 [Reuters]

More than 40,000 Disney union workers to vote on contract that bumps pay 2023-04-01 [WKMG]

‘Wildly Talented’ Disney Workers Target Gender Pay Gap 2023-03-24 [Labour Notes]

FL GOP lawmakers advance bill targeting teacher, public employee unions 2023-03-17 [Tampa Bay Times]

32,000 Disney World workers reject $1 an hour pay raise, demand $3 an hour to deal with skyrocketing costs near Orlando 2023-02-04 [New York Times]

Orange County Convention Center hospitality workers avoid potential strike, win big raises and pension in new contract 2023-01-26 [The Weekly]

DeSantis Attacks Teacher Unions: Makes it Difficult for Teachers to Join and Remain in Unions. What Should You Expect? 2022-12-31 [Newsbreak]

Forced Labor Ringleader Sentenced to Nearly 10 Years in Federal Prison For more info 2022-12-30 [CIW]


Undaunted by DeSantis, immigrant workers are heading to Florida to help with hurricane cleanup 2022-10-07 [CNN]

Building Bridges: 'Harvest Without Violence', Women Farmworkers Protest For more info 2017-12-28 [WBAI Radio]

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

Charlie Crist names Karla Hernández-Mats, president of United Teachers of Dade, as his running mate for lieutenant governor 2022-08-27 [New York Times]

TECO sentenced in deaths of 5 workers at Big Bend Power Station 2022-08-20 [NBC]

Jacksonville Starbucks closes for several hours as workers strike for wage increase For more info 2022-08-02 [FOX]

State GOP Is Trying to Bust All Labor Unions — Except Cops — Again 2017-12-06 [Miami New Times]

Plakon tries to bust up unions … but only some unions 2018-01-18 [The Sentinel]

Actors' Equity Says Walt Disney World “Retaliating” Over Coronavirus Testing Demand; Disney Says Park Protocols Accepted By Other Unions 2020-07-10 [Deadline]

Walt Disney World Expects “Tens Of Thousands” Of Cast Members Despite Actors' Equity Opposition 2020-07-04 [Deadline]

Critics Dispute Florida Unemployment Aid ‘Narrative' 2021-06-05 [WJCT]

Florida faces dire shortages of restaurant workers: ‘They don't think we are worth the money' 2021-06-02 [FL Phoenix]

State workers across the nation had a holiday Friday for Juneteenth Day — but not in FL 2021-06-19 [FL Phoenix]

Millions of unemployed workers now rely solely on state benefits — and they vary wildly 2020-08-04 [Marketplace]

‘Black workers matter.' Fontainebleau workers decry decision to cut health insurance 2020-07-21 [Miami Herald]

Miami transit workers call facility ‘Little Wuhan,' fear bosses did not take COVID warnings from NYC 2020-07-20 [NYDaily News]

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

‘We're not animals, we're human beings': US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections 2021-07-16 [Guardian]

Univ Miami contract workers, faculty stage ‘die-in' protest demanding response from administration over safety concerns amid the pandemic 2020-09-06 [Miami Hurricane]

‘Held hostage': Cruise employees were stuck on a ship and forced to work without pay, lawsuit says 2020-08-07 [Wash Post]

During ‘Made in America Week,' President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club applies to hire 70 foreign workers 2017-07-20 [Washington Post]

‘Broken by design': Florida labor unions petition for immediate change to unemployment system 2020-05-15 [WFLA]

This month in labour history

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]

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 The American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all products made in Germany in order to protest Nazi antagonism towards German unions. [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]

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

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

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

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

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

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

26-10-1825 After 8 years and over 1,000 dead, mostly Irish migrants, the Erie Canal is open, linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. [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]