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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]

DMS to give state workers union major contract counteroffer this week 2020-01-08 [FL Politics]

FL rejects union's contract offer, counters with 'take-it-or-leave-it' deal 2020-01-04 [Tallahassee Democrat]

Facing South Florida: MIA Worker Protests 2019-11-25 [CBS]

Florida: Teachers Reject Governor DeSantis’ Bonus Plan 2019-11-16 [Diane Ravitch]

Okaloosa workers announce union campaign 2019-11-02 [Destin Log]

Statewide Teachers Union Visits Gainesville 2019-11-01 [WUFT]

Okaloosa County workers demand action and launch union campaign 2019-11-01 [WEARTV]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]