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ACPS & teachers' union reach tentative agreement on salary increases 2019-10-16 [WCJB]

Disney World workers endure tourists who punch, yell, grope 2019-10-13 [AP]

Accelerated bargaining a bust as teachers union walks out on second day of pay talks 2019-09-18 [FL Today]

 VIDEO This is the last time the people who keep your kids fed and safe got a raise: The union is pushing the district to pay employees a wage that would get them above the poverty level For more info 2019-08-28 [WTSP]

Judge Backs State On Teacher Unions Law 2019-08-12 [WJCT]

Broward restaurants paying thousands of dollars for failing to pay workers minimum wage, overtime 2019-08-11 [Sun Sentinel]

Sysco South Florida Workers Vote 'Teamsters Yes' 2019-08-10 [Teamsters]

Union power in FL leads to mental health win for students 2019-08-01 [NEA Today]

Univ FL graduate petitions for restaurant workers union 2019-08-01 [Alligator]

Revenge of the Poverty-Stricken College Professors Is Underway in Florida. And It's Big -- Unionization With SEIU 2019-07-27 [Splinter]

State labor board says Florida Polytech Univ unfairly targeted four employees for union activities 2019-07-27 [Ledger]

Orthodox Jewish Man Sues McDonald’s For Not Hiring Him Due To His Beard 2019-07-21 [JTA]

Casino Union Members Authorize Strike at Eldorado Resorts Property in Florida 2019-07-09 [Casino]

*I Cannot Buy Food*: Flight Catering Workers Picket For Higher Wages At Miami International Airport 2019-07-04 [WJCT]

Ramp and cargo workers at Miami airport on strike to protest unsafe working conditions 2019-06-28 [Miami Herald]

Ramp and cargo workers at Miami airport on strike to protest unsafe working conditions 2019-06-28 [Miami Herald]

Mouse that roared: Disney characters win local union shakeup 2019-06-25 [AP]

Stressed-out Facebook monitors forced to toil in filth: report 2019-06-24 [NYPost]

Adjuncts question Santa Fe College stance on union 2019-06-19 [Gainesville Sun]

Miami airport catering workers vote to seek a strike. Here are their demands 2019-06-18 [Miami Herald]

How One Union is Working for Paid Parental Leave 2019-06-01 [NEA]

Visit Florida lays off 44 workers in wake of budget cuts 2019-05-24 [Orlando Sentinel]

McDonald’s workers in Tampa join nationwide strike for union rights 2019-05-24 [WMNF]

Health insurance changes loom for state workers 2019-05-05 [Florida Politics]

NASA Workers Warned About Sharing Images After SpaceX Explosion Video Leak: Report 2019-05-02 [Space]

Mar-a-Lago Rejected Americans for Foreign Workers 2019-04-27 [Politcal Wire]

MIA*s Forgotten Workers: Low Wages, Poor Treatment For Many At Miami International Airport 2019-04-21 [CBS]

Florida House Passed Bill Helping Domestic Violence Victims With Unemployment Benefits 2019-04-18 [FL Daily]

At Trump’s Florida Resort Empire, a Quiet Effort to Eliminate an Undocumented Work Force 2019-04-10 [NYTimes]

Republicans and corporate interests pushing anti-union measure 2019-03-07 [FL Phoenix]

Florida sheriff: Spa workers are sex-trafficking victims 2019-02-24 [Boston Herald]

Meet Harv: Agricultural workers may soon be replaced by harvesting robots 2019-02-18 [Washington Post]

New GOP Gov DeSantis Wants Another Voucher Program to Steal Money from Public Schools 2019-02-17 [Diane Ravitch]

Union official complains about member intimidation, disrespect during St. Pete Beach negotiations 2019-01-31 [Tampa Bay Weekly]

Help continues to pour in at the Orlando International Airport for federal workers without pay 2019-01-18 [FOX]

Shutdown hits some US airports: Miami closes a concourse, Tampa sets up food pantry 2019-01-13 [The Straits Times]

Government shutdown, week 4: Miami airport closes terminal in wake of TSA employee absences 2019-01-13 [The Examiner]

Miami airport closes terminal as TSA workers refuse to work without pay 2019-01-13 [AJC]

Miami airport closes a terminal early after more unpaid TSA officers call out sick during government shutdown 2019-01-13 [CNBC]

Federal prison workers plan to march to State Capitol 2019-01-10 [WTXL]

Florida McDonald's Workers Stage Walkout Over Workplace Violence After Viral Customer Attack Video 2019-01-09 [Newsweek]

Florida Education Association Responds to Governor DeSantis on Quality Education 2019-01-08 [Diane Ravitch]

McDonald's attack highlights need for protection for fast-food workers | Commentary 2019-01-08 [Orlando Sentinel]

Florida fast-food workers plan to strike Tuesday over McDonald's straw fight fiasco 2019-01-08 [Fox News]

In aftermath of viral McDonald's fight, workers plan strike to demand training, protection from violence 2019-01-08 [Tampa Bay Times]

McDonald’s Workers to Protest Attack on Employee 2019-01-08 [Bloomberg]

Alachua County is first in FL to end prison slave labor 2018-12-28 [SFBayView]

Brevard teachers union halts raise negotiations, calling district's offers laughable 2018-12-20 [FL Today]

Adjuncts at Santa Fe College file for union 2018-12-16 [Gainsville Sun]

Unions make new connections with Lee County public-sector workers 2018-12-08 [News-Press]

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]