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Moral Mondays will kick off voter mobilization in St. Petersburg listen

10/21/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Moral Mondays, labor, unions, Florida, Voting, elections

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A movement born in North Carolina is growing into Florida; the first Moral Mondays St. Petersburg will kick off on Monday, October 27.

Several progressive organizations are coming together for what they’re calling a statewide voter mobilization initiative.

The first one kicks off next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

To find out what they have planned, WMNF interviewed Susan McGrath, an organizer with [Moral Mondays St. Petersburg](http://moralmonday...

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In Tampa nurses "die-in" to draw attention to Ebola and lack of preparedness listen

10/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Ebola, NURSES, health care, unions

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A second nurse has caught Ebola in a Dallas hospital; here in Tampa nurses drew attention Wednesday afternoon to the dangers of Ebola and to what they say is the lack of preparedness by hospitals.

To do that they staged a "die-in" in Ybor City in front of the Italian Club.

Before the die-in, WMNF interviewed Louise Eastty, a Registered Nurse at an Intensive Care Unit in Pasco County. She is a member of the National Nurses Organizing Committee.

Meanwhile, the nation's Ebola crisis has...

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Port Tampa Bay dockworker speaks out about political intimidation at workplace listen

09/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, unions, Israel, boycott

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Last weekend was the second major action by a local human rights group calling attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Block the Boat Tampa rallied outside Port Tampa Bay in the rain beginning before sunrise Saturday morning hoping to convince dock workers to respect their picket line and not unload a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company.

The Zim Alabama was delayed because of weather, but eventually was unloaded by longshore...

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Tampa protesters pass out "#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer" at Rick Scott fundraiser listen

09/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Scott, Awake the State, Awake Pinellas, Awake Tampa, SEIU, unions, Florida for All, high-speed rail, Sabal Trail Pipeline, All Aboard Florida, Tampa

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is attending a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Tampa; and outside, protesters will be handing out hand sanitizers they say will help keep peoples hands free of dirty politics.

WMNF interviewed Ana Tinsly, a spokesperson for Florida for All, one of the groups organizing what they’re calling the “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” protest.

The protest begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Boulevard.

Other organizers include Awake Pinellas, Aw...

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SCOTUS throws partial victory at unions listen

06/30/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: unions, healthcare, labor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Another Supreme Court ruling was something of a draw for unions. A group of home healthcare workers in Illinois argued they shouldn’t have to pay a cost sharing fee if they aren’t a member of the union, and the court agreed. But Unions dodged a bullet. Lisa Madigan is the attorney general for Illinois.

“Today’s decision from the court is a very narrow one. It does not change Illinois’ program. The court, in essence, ruled that home healthcare workers who choose not to join their union wil...

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$15 minimum wage debate hits St. Pete listen

06/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, unions, minimum wage, living wage, poverty, Fight for Fifteen

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A union in St. Pete is trying to get the city to pay its workers at least $15 an hour. That would affect more than 300 city employees – some of whom make only about $9. Brian Brehm is a mechanic at one of the city’s sewage treatment plants.

“What about these poor guys who are out working in the sun all day long keeping our city beautiful and they’re living below the poverty level making $9.50 an hour, maybe a little bit more, really isn’t anything to live on.”

Brehm already makes more ...

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Labor activists continue push for $15 minimum wage and fast food unions listen

05/15/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fast food, minimum wage, Fight for Fifteen, McDonalds, Arby's, labor, unions

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More than 50 fast food workers and their allies flooded the sidewalk in front of McDonald’s on Kennedy Boulevard near downtown Tampa early Thursday morning protesting what they’re calling poverty wages. The rally is part of a worldwide worker’s strike that spans more than 150 cities on 6 continents.

Protesters carried signs saying $15 and a union highlighting their push for a nationwide minimum wage of $15 dollars an hour and the right to unionize without fear of repercussion. Critics of ...

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Computer glitch causes FCAT problems in Pasco, Hernando and elsewhere listen

04/22/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: FCAT, FEA, unions

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Many kids in Florida, including in the Tampa Bay area, had trouble taking the state’s standardized test today because of a computer glitch.

Students in Pasco and Hernando Counties were unable to access the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or FCAT.

Andy Ford is president of the Florida Education Association, the union for public school employees.

"In many cases today when the kids got to their classrooms and tried to get on the computer to take their FCAT...

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National workers' strike hits Tampa Dunkin' Donuts listen

12/05/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Dunkin Donuts, minimum wage, wages, poverty, labor, unions, strike, Fast Food Strike

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Fast food workers in 100 cities across the country walked off their jobs Thursday as part of a national push to raise the federal minimum wage. Four Dunkin' Donuts employees told managers at a restaurant on East Busch Boulevard in Tampa they were going on strike until the franchise agreed to pay higher wages.

One of the workers is Brittany Wilkerson. She’s been working at that Dunkin' Donuts location for eight months making the federal minimum wage -- $7.79. But for two years prior to tha...

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Labor activists go after Burger King in support of fired single mom listen

11/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: unions, minimum wage, labor, activism, Burger King, AFL-CIO, FCAN

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A 19-year old single mother was fired from a Tampa Burger King Friday for what she claims is retaliation for trying to organize with a union for a living wage. Less than 12 hours after she was terminated, more than 30 union leaders and community activists rallied support for the minimum wage worker at the Burger King at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Arme...

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