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Labor report: As demand for workers increases, FL cuts unemployment benefits

BY: - July 16, 2021

Florida’s labor report Friday cites 69,300 new private-sector jobs in the economy over the past month and an increase of 907,000 jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic forced 1.3 million workers off their jobs in spring 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Still, 523,000 Florida workers were unemployed in June, comprising 5 percent of […]

Advocates in FL are considering legal action against DeSantis for ceasing federal unemployment supplement

BY: - June 24, 2021

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to cut off distribution of the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement, a labor union is exploring legal action if the governor doesn’t reverse course. The federal unemployment program expires in Florida on Saturday but the Florida AFL-CIO hopes DeSantis will accede to its petition, supported by additional advocacy groups, urging […]

FL Supreme Court blocks a second pro-pot citizens initiative from the 2022 ballot

BY: - June 17, 2021

Floridians won’t get to vote next year on whether to legalize recreational adult use of marijuana, subject to regulations like those controlling the alcohol market, because of a ruling Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court. A citizen’s initiative to allow home cultivation of pot is ineligible to appear on the 2022 ballot, the court said, […]

FL cites increase in jobs as reason for ending federal unemployment aid; lawmakers say those pay low wages

BY: - May 24, 2021

Florida will cease distributing $300 per week in supplementary federal unemployment assistance next month, the official who supervises the state unemployment system announced on Monday, leaving jobless workers to scrape by on $275 per week. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said in a press release that the extra benefit will end on […]

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Misleading or paternalistic? FL Supreme Court blocks adult-use of pot initiative from going to voters

BY: - April 22, 2021

The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a proposed state constitutional amendment to allow recreational use of marijuana by adults from appearing on the ballot. Voting 5-2, the court majority concluded that the summary of the proposal that would greet voters in their polling places would be “affirmatively misleading” because it doesn’t make clear that pot […]

More than 40 percent of FL kindergarteners are not ready for kindergarten; ‘that’s a failure on us’

BY: - March 10, 2021

For many Florida families with young children, a child’s education starts much sooner than kindergarten. A new class of kindergarteners is expected to start school with some sense of the fundamentals, such as language, literacy and math. But for the 2020-21 school year, at least 43 percent of kindergarteners in classes now are not actually […]

FL Legislature 2021: Working families caught between economic crisis and pandemic

BY: - February 10, 2021

The least-fortunate of Florida’s working families are in trouble, in ways that Florida lawmakers have never faced before. Few could have imagined the coronavirus pandemic would persist for over a year, with hundreds of thousands of Floridians still, or again, unemployed and struggling. Hundreds of thousands are at risk of being disconnected from utilities and/or […]

COVID liability shield: Chamber of Commerce claims public support, trial lawyers say it protects bad actors

BY: - January 29, 2021

The Florida Chamber of Commerce says voters it surveyed overwhelmingly support legislation that would prevent workers and customers from suing a business owner if they get infected with COVID-19 in that workplace, basing that claim on its own poll of 619 likely voters. Long an adversary of trial lawyers and labor unions, the chamber argues […]

Dark money fuels effort to hinder FL citizens from changing Constitution — ‘It’s just the way it happened’

BY: - October 16, 2020

The organization that placed Amendment 4, which would make it twice as hard to amend the Florida Constitution, on the Nov. 3 ballot was Keep Our Constitution Clean P.C. The organization that solely financed its efforts, to the tune of $9 million in cash and in-kind contributions, was Keep Our Constitution Clean Inc. At least, […]

Minimum wage or livable wage? Voters will decide about boosting FL’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026

BY: - September 25, 2020

Tandela Blount-Jackson has a baby on the way and works as a certified nursing assistant, earning a meager hourly wage. At 31, she had been earning more money as a traveling nursing assistant in long-term care facilities and nursing homes out of state before she was pregnant. But she had to come home to Tallahassee […]

As a $600 lifeline wanes, FL’s jobless look to Congress: ‘Are they going to turn their backs on us?’

BY: - July 22, 2020

Behind the elaborate stage costumes that helped make The Lion King and Aladdin famous is Victoria Olson, a costume maker for theatrical productions for over 40 years. She worked on Broadway, and since moving to Florida has staged productions in Broward County’s most renowned venues. She lives in Fort Lauderdale. Now she’s jobless since theaters […]

As economies reopen amid COVID-19, many employees fear returning to work. Will they be safe?

BY: - June 22, 2020

As millions of workplaces reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, employees from universities and corporations to restaurants and retail shops are likely afraid to go back to work and don’t know what to do about it. Labor advocates say most workers fear a perfect storm: exhausting their unemployment benefits, needing to return to work to pay […]