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Struggling Municipal Workers Plead for Aid from Federal Lawmakers 2020-08-08 [Bay News 9]

Florida Gov. DeSantis: Restaurant workers don’t need a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work 2020-08-08 [WSVN]

6 Miami Construction Workers Injured in Crane Accident 2020-08-07 [Insurance Jrnl]

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

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

Guess which two states have the most newly unemployed. Hint: It's the two worst governors 2020-08-02 [Daily Kos]

AFL-CIO leader: Senate must pass HEROES Act for working families 2020-07-26 [Orlando Sentinel]

Some Hospital Workers Are Returning to Work Without Getting COVID-19 Test Results Back 2020-07-25 [NBC]

State's largest teachers union sues state over reopening schools 2020-07-22 [NBC]

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

Black McDonald's Workers Sue, Plan To Walk Off Job Monday 2020-07-20 [Patch]

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

Health Care Workers Becoming Infected With COVID-19 For more info 2020-07-18 [NBC]

In a week, FL’s new unemployment claims nearly double 2020-07-17 [Tampa Bay Times]

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]

COVID-19 spikes at nursing home where workers complained about safety concerns 2020-06-27 [Wink]

They banged on pots and pans, but this was no celebration. Airport workers want jobs back 2020-06-26 [Miami Herald]

Disney World workers petition to delay reopening as Florida coronavirus cases surge 2020-06-24 [CNN]

'Our bills won't wait': the Florida town where farm laborers risk their lives to work amid Covid-19 2020-06-18 [Guardian]

Hilton lays off 22 percent of corporate workers as hotels struggle against COVID-19 2020-06-17 [Tampa Bay Times]

South Florida healthcare workers come together to pray for peace and unity 2020-06-08 [Local 10]

MV Transportation Workers Vote To Join Teamsters Local 991: Workers Vote to Organize by Landslide Margin of Victory 2020-06-01 [Teamsters]

AFSCME seeks reinstatement of work hours for custodial staff at FSU 2020-05-19 [Tallahassee Democrat]

Union workers petition governor to change unemployment benefits 2020-05-19 [WTSP]

Walt Disney World and unions agree on safeguards for returning to work 2020-05-15 [Reuters]

Florida labor unions petition Gov. DeSantis to fix unemployment debacle 2020-05-15 [FL Politics]

Unemployed Floridians Worry Benefits Won't Come As Sputtering Application System Denies Claims 2020-05-15 [WFSU]

Job availability low in Florida as residents grapple with unemployment 2020-05-15 [WFLA]

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

11,000 demand more action from governor on unemployment 2020-05-15 [WCTV]

Workers describe being denied state jobless assistance without even an explanation 2020-05-15 [FL Phoenix]

Thousands of health care workers are laid off or furloughed as coronavirus spreads 2020-05-03 [Tampa Bay Times]

Disney furloughs 100,000 theme park and hotel workers amid coronavirus shutdown 2020-04-21 [NBC]

Correctional officers file complaint about coronavirus at federal prison in Tallahassee 2020-04-20 [Tallahassee Democrat]

Disney World is furloughing 43,000 more workers due to virus 2020-04-12 [Press Herald]

Disney, musicians’ union agree to terms for April 19 furloughs 2020-04-08 [Orlando Sentinel]

FL workers struggle to claim unemployment benefits, even as feds increase aid during COVID-19 crisis 2020-03-30 [FL Phoenix]

Jacksonville labor activists celebrate International Women's Day 2020-03-12 [FightBack! News]

College president responds to labor complaint 2020-03-12 [Keys Weekly]

Fearing coronavirus, AFL-CIO cancels Florida forum with Biden and Sanders 2020-03-08 [Miami Herald]

Starbucks worker says he was fired for union organizing and 'to create fear' 2020-02-26 [Guardian]

Journalists at Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, other papers seek newsroom union 2020-02-26 [Flapol]

Fort Myers workers demand participation in local construction projects 2020-02-01 [Fort Myers News-Press]

Why Miami airport workers are fasting in protest during Super Bowl week - Plus, the NFL Players Association is supporting them. 2020-02-01 [SBNation]

 VIDEO  Miami airport workers protest low wages with Super Bowl week hunger strike 2020-01-30 [The Herald]

Bill proposes annual cost-of-living pay raises for Florida state workers 2020-01-14 [WTXL Tallahassee]

Florida teachers fighting for public education: I stand with you -- Sen. Bernie Sanders 2020-01-13 [Sun Sentinel]

Polk Teachers threatened with firing if they miss work for rally 2020-01-12 [WFLA 8]

Teachers to 'Take on Tallahassee' with a march on the Capitol on eve of 2020 Florida session 2020-01-11 [News-Press]

This month in labour history

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]