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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]

Trump Bedminster club hired undocumented immigrants, two workers claim 2018-12-07 [CNN]

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

Brooksville Cemex workers unionize with safety as top priority 2018-11-16 [Tampa Bay]

Florida Approves 13.8% Workers’ Comp Rate Decrease 2018-11-14 [Insurance Jrnl]

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]