That Union Thing

Teachers in Miami-Dade will be receiving their first raise in three years.

United Teachers of Dade has reached an agreement with the school board calling for raises of 2.7 percent on average. Starting annual salaries for first-year teachers will rise 3.9 percent, to $40,000, and most veteran teachers' annual salaries will rise by $1000.

Over 50 concession workers at Miami International Airport have voted for representation by UNITE HERE Local 355. They join over 96 percent of the food and concession workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, who are already represented by UNITE HERE.

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers went on strike on Black Friday to protest retaliation for speaking out. Workers who have complained about pay, schedules, and health care have had hours cut, shifts shuffled, or have been moved to different departments by Wal-Mart. The strike was organized by OUR Walmart, which is a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

The Supplemental Poverty Measure just released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Florida to be the third-poorest state in the union, behind only California and Arizona. The report shows that about one in five Floridians are living below the poverty level.


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