Unions are making headway in Florida, a state that the national unions once considered “unwinnable,” says Bruce Nissen of the Center for Labor Research and Studies at Florida International University in Miami.
Since October, nearly 4,000 workers at six Florida hospitals have unionized through the Service Employees International Union. Roughly 500 janitors at two South Florida universities organized in November.
With Florida’s low wages, low unemployment and influx of people from union-friendly Northern regions, many now consider the state ripe for the picking. “Florida and a few other places are being used as a testing ground to see if organizing can be done in the South,” Nissen says.
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