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Business owner sentenced in ‘forced labor’ case involving migrant farmworkers

A Florida federal judge has sentenced the owner of a farm-labor company to nearly 10 years in prison on racketeering and forced labor charges
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Pinellas County educational support staff could see higher wages under new deal with the district

Educational support staff could see a 4.25% pay raise under a new deal reached between their union and Pinellas County Schools.
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Florida has a problem with minimum wage violations and it could get worse

Florida’s minimum wage is set to increase to $11/hour. But wage theft is rampant because the minimum wage law isn't always be enforced.
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Working people in St. Petersburg struggle to afford living in the city in which they work

The Sunshine City is becoming unaffordable for working-class residents, including essential workers in the public sector.
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“All workers deserve dignity”: Florida labor recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day

Florida labor unions and workers share reflections on Workers' Memorial Day, which falls on April 28th each year.
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St. Petersburg plans to expand $15 minimum wage to all city workers

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch announced yesterday a $15 minimum wage for all part-time workers employed by the city, expanding on a policy from 2015 that ensured a $15 minimum wage for all full-time and...
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McDonald’s workers in Tampa join nationwide strike for union rights

About fifty people held signs and chanted outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Ybor City Thursday afternoon. They were demanding $15 an hour for workers and union rights. It’s part of a nationwide walk-out and strike...
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Dolores Huerta reacts to judge’s rebuke of Trump’s DACA cancellation

Dolores Huerta won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her life of organizing workers, especially migrant farmworkers. With Cesar Chavez she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta will...
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Sex worker solidarity group opposes “bathhouse ordinance” in Hillsborough

In the last few months the City of Tampa passed an ordinance trying to cut down on human trafficking by regulating businesses that pose as a massage parlors; but opponents of what’s called the “bathhouse...
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USF grad student union decries Florida “union busting” bill

Last week the Florida House passed a bill that critics call the “union busting bill;” our guest says it will hurt members in graduate assistants unions like the one she is co-president of at the...

Walt Disney World labor unions reject offer

The collection of six labor unions representing 38,000 full time and part-time Walt Disney World employees recently rejected a minor wage increase from the tourism giant. WMNF News interviewed Ed Chambers, president of the United...

Taxes would skyrocket for grad student workers under House bill

The Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives would dramatically increase taxes paid by graduate students doing much of the teaching and research on university campuses; we speak with two graduate assistants...

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