Philip Bacon, president of the South Florida nonprofit Urban Philanthropies, says this weekend’s hiring fair isn’t just about jobs.

“A job is a vehicle toward a career,” he says.

That’s the philosophy of the Global 1000 hiring event that kicked off on Thursday.


Screen shot from Telemundo's 'Reina de Corazones.'

In the telenovela Reina de Corazones, Pablo Azar plays a revenge-seeking son who poses as a valet driver to get even for his mother’s death.

The way Brenda Bracey tells the story, it's just short of a miracle.

"Twenty-three years," she says. "This is the first Thanksgiving in 23 years that I have not worked at least an eight-hour shift."

For almost a quarter-century, Bracey has been working at grocery stores in the town of Largo, on Florida's west coast. She's done all different jobs, she says, her voice bubbly over the phone line.

Ask AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the climate for unions on this Labor Day weekend, and he starts with something positive: a new Gallup poll showing public support for unions at its highest point since 2003.

"There's much more excitement about unions," Trumka says during an interview in his Washington, D.C., office just across Lafayette Square Park and with a view of the White House. He adds that, "over 61 percent of the people in the country support unions."

Work: It's just one of the many reasons to explain why Americans love the weekend so much.

This weekend, however, we're going to give you a little bit more of it - in book form, that is. It is Labor Day weekend, after all, so we're celebrating. 

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More than 100 workers at Miami International Airport are striking for 24 hours.

Subcontractors tasked with handling baggage, curbside check-in and pushing wheelchairs for various airlines are walking off the job in protest of what they say are violations of the Miami-Dade County living-wage ordinance.

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How a whisper can help fight labor trafficking in Brazil

May 19, 2017
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Guadalupe Couto does her best work by surprise, when a source tips her off. She’s a prosecutor on a Brazilian government team that fights labor violations.

President-elect Donald Trump's latest Twitter target is a local union official who questioned the billionaire's account of how many jobs he saved at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis.

Trump has previously used social media to browbeat companies that move jobs offshore as well as entertainers whose acts he finds tiresome.

On Wednesday, Trump took aim at Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Jones "has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!"

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If you are scheduled to take a flight from Miami International Airport this Friday, you should check with your airline for delays. Services are expected to be affected by a 24 hours strike declared Thursday morning by the subcontractors of Triangle Services, who are complaining about irregular work hours without overtime pay or benefits, as well as dangerous working conditions, most of which stem from faulty equipment.


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Outside the Shops at Sunset Place, roughly 20 people gathered Monday night. They held candles – real and battery-powered – and quietly sang.

The song was not in the spirit of holiday celebration, but of labor struggle: “We Shall Overcome.”

In October, new owners acquired Sunset Place and changed the company hired for cleaning services. The new company chose not to hire the existing workers at the outdoor mall, effectively terminating them.

Florida's Jobless Rate Down To 5.5 Percent

Jul 17, 2015
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Florida's unemployment rate continues to follow the national trend, dipping as the summer began.

The Sunshine State's jobless mark for June stood at 5.5 percent, below the 5.7 percent rate that was recorded in May, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday. The rate had hovered around 5.7 percent since the end of 2014.

10/22/14 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” call-in with Fort Lauderdale-based employment attorney Donna Ballman. With wage theft rampant, some employers have moved to shift workers to  “independent contractor” status, to avoid paying employment taxes and-worker comp dues. Most states impose fines for employers guilty of misclassification.

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Workers wages and salaries grew 2.4 percent over the past 12 months. That's down from 2.6-percent growth half a year ago. Which not only means there has not been a lot of growth, but that what we have had is slowing.

On top of that, total compensation, which includes things like salaries plus health benefits and bonuses, has not been growing at a comparable rate.

As the wage growth slows, other costs of living like housing, food and transportation continues to rise at a much higher rate--putting more pressure on peoples’ pockets.