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Labor and Work

Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

By | 04.26.12 | 11:21 am

A federal judge in Miami ruled today that Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order mandating that all state workers be randomly drug tested violates the Fourth Amendment rights of people employed by the state.

Fla. senator: Scott budget veto ‘allows poor black farmworkers to die’

By | 04.20.12 | 7:01 am

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, says he is “shocked and surprised” that Gov. Rick Scott cut funding for a community health center in Apopka that would have gone toward providing specialized care to a community of farmworkers facing serious illnesses due to pesticide use.

Wage theft a growing problem for low-wage workers in the U.S., Florida

By | 04.19.12 | 9:21 am

Wage theft, the practice of stiffing workers out of money they are owed, has emerged as a major economic justice issue in the U.S. over the last decade, to the point where over 60 percent “of low-wage workers experience wage theft each week,” according to a report released Wednesday.

Teacher’s union says education budget keeps spending at 2007 levels

By | 04.17.12 | 10:20 am

Gov. Rick Scott has said that the 2012-2013 state budget he will sign Tuesday, which includes a $1 billion increase for K-12 public education over the 2011 budget, is a significant investment, a statement the Florida Education Association disputes.

Obama, Romney and the importance of the Latino vote

By | 04.16.12 | 9:29 am

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney discussed the importance of the Latino vote over the weekend.

Tax Watch announces budget line-item veto recommendations

By | 04.13.12 | 12:41 pm

Florida Tax Watch, a nonprofit critical of government spending, today released its list of recommendations of programs and spending it believes Gov. Rick Scott should veto in the state’s $70 billion budget.

Labor to Obama: Colombia has not done enough to combat anti-union violence

By | 04.13.12 | 9:23 am

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Leo W. Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, have called on President Obama to not certify the Colombia Free Trade Agreement during the sixth Summit of the Americas that will take place this weekend in Cartagena, Colombia.

Black and Latina working women face higher rates of unemployment, poverty

By | 04.13.12 | 7:43 am

African-American and Latina women, who now make up an important part of the U.S. workforce, face higher rates of poverty and unemployment than white and Asian working women.

Obama urged to postpone approval of Colombia trade agreement till anti-union violence resolved

By | 04.12.12 | 9:03 am

The Service Employees International Union, known as SEIU, sent President Obama a letter Wednesday urging him “to not implement the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement until the goals of the Labor Action Plan are met and labor rights are respected in Colombia.”

Five corporations withdraw support for ALEC

By | 04.11.12 | 2:43 pm

A campaign launched by several progressive organizations has led five major corporations to withdraw from the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, which has been accused by progressive organizations of working “to disenfranchise African Americans, Latinos, students, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor.”

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