Disney union workers reject company's latest offer on wage increase: Thousands of Disney union workers in Orlando overwhelmingly rejected the theme park company's proposed pay raise, which union leaders called "poverty wages." When negotiations started, union leaders wanted an increase for workers to $15 per hour. Out of the 38,000 cast members the unions represent, 23,000 workers make less than $12 an hour, and out of those, 8,000 earn $10 an hour. Disney offered a 6 to 10 percent increase, which would give $10-per-hour workers a 50-cent raise. Now the theme park company and the unions will have to go back to the bargaining table.
Over 50 percent of jaywalking tickets in Orange County are garbage, report finds: A recent report from ProPublica and the Florida Times-Union found that 56 percent of all jaywalking tickets given in Orange County are flawed, and the majority of these tickets are issued to African-Americans. According to the report, 650 tickets were given from 2012 to 2017 in Orange County, and 40 percent of those were given to black residents, who make up 23 percent of the county's population.
Florida lawmakers urge Puerto Rico's governor to seek federal aid for evacuee housing: As of last week, more than 259,000 Puerto Ricans had arrived in Florida since Oct. 3, and more than 10,000 Puerto Rican students had enrolled in Florida's public schools in the past three months. In a letter to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, state Sen. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, and other Democratic legislators asked Rosselló to formally request an extension of FEMA's hotel voucher program so hurricane victims can continue receiving help. Without it, lawmakers fear thousands of evacuees living in hotels are in jeopardy of becoming homeless, especially in Central Florida, where affordable housing is scarce and local nonprofits strained.
New report examines Orlando Police response to Pulse shooting: Orlando Police officers and law enforcement agencies that responded to the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse last year followed protocol, but more training is needed on future responses to potential terror strikes and coordinating communication, a new report finds. The report concluded OPD responded to the Pulse shooting in a "manner consistent with national best practices and under extremely volatile and difficult circumstances." However, the report did include critiques, and in some cases, left questions unresolved.
"Wheel of Fugitive" host Sheriff Wayne Ivey might be getting his own show on A&E: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, self-described as the "most politically incorrect sheriff in the country," is reportedly in talks with A&E for his own TV show. According to WESH, Ivey says he's negotiating with the channel to create for TV something similar to his "Wheel of Fugitive" Facebook segment, where he takes pictures of suspects and uses them as game show fodder similar to Wheel of Fortune. That means A&E, home to quality programs like Duck Dynasty, Hoarders and Dog the Bounty Hunter, is considering paying Ivey with actual money.