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Workers strike and rally in St. Petersburg demanding higher minimum wage listen

04/15/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Wednesday
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Tags: wages, fight for $15, Saint Petersburg, Darden Rice, Burger King, wage theft, City Council, workers, fast food

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Food food workers, home health care workers, adjunct professors and many other types of workers walked off the job today in St. Petersburg and around the country. The Fight for $15 movement, advocating a $15 an hour minimum wage, took their grievance to the steps of Saint Pete City Hall.

Fast food workers at Burger King started the day long events in South Saint Petersburg by walking out at 6 this morning. The grassroots organization, Fight for $15, four hours late...

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Home health care workers want higher wages and unions listen

03/05/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday
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Tags: home health, nursing, health care, Tampa, wages, minimum wage, poverty, union

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Home health care workers are rallying for living wages. In Tampa Wednesday, industry workers spoke up and announced they are looking for union representation to aid them in the fight. Home health care workers are fed up with providing life sustaining services while remaining near poverty level.

This bottom up surge for a living wage is being staged not only in Tampa but throughout the country. Although done out of a love of their job, keeping your head above the rising tide of debt is par...

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USF grad students want more take home pay listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: USF, grad students, PhD, wages, collective bargaining, Student Loans, education

The USF graduate student union will start collective bargaining talks with the university Friday. Graduate Assistants United wants certain fees waived to increase the amount of take home pay students make teaching classes while pursuing advanced degrees. Josh Lenes and Megan Flocken are co-presidents of the group.

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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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Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry Says Education Spending at Record Levels; Discusses Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and Jobs

09/16/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to The last Call. I’m Rob Lorei.

Coming up we’ll speak with the chair of the Florida Republican Party- Lenny Curry. In a series of press releases the Florida GOP has been touting Governor Rick Scott’s record and blasting potential challenger Charlie Crist for abandoning his formerly conservative positions.

We're joined now for a live interview by the chair of the Florida Republican Party Lenny Curry.

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The Hidden Side of Wall Street

05/29/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity guest Les Leopold, Author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour talks with Rob Lorei about a hidden tax that is imposed by Wall Street.

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The tax is responsible for holding back the nation’s economy while enriching a very small number of pe...

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Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

05/22/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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CEO pay has been going in one direction for the past three years: up.

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, up 6.5 percent from a year earlier.

That's according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from the executive pay research firm Equilar.

CEO pay has never been higher. It fell two years straight during the Great Recession but rose 24 percent in 2010 and 6 percent in 2011.

Pay is up partly because a bigger proportion is coming from ...

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Santa takes on Wal-Mart labor issues: VIDEO listen

11/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groups from across the country protested Wal-Mart over the weekend as a show of solidarity with striking workers. Activists from the Tampa Bay area took their action to Pinellas Park on Friday at one of the big box retailer’s busiest stores. One man, Tyler Mitchell dressed as Santa Clause and stood in front of the store’s main entrance asking shoppers to stand in solidarity with Wal-Mart employees, but was quickly asked to leave the property.

Mitchell joined a larger protesting on the...

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Florida farmworkers and supporters refuse food for six days in hopes of better wages listen

03/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today farm workers and their supporters are in the second day of a six-day hunger strike in front of Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland. About 60 members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and some of their allies are fasting to protest Publix’s refusal to participate in a program that would provide better working conditions and higher wages for workers who pick tomatoes. Previous protests have led ten companies to participate in the Fair Food program. Gerardo Reyes who works i...

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Labor activists speak out against proposed state legislation that could slash servers' pay listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A proposed state bill would cut tipped workers’ wages by more than half; from $4.65 per hour to $2.13. On Friday afternoon, members of local labor groups protested the legislation at the Outback Steakhouse in Temple Terrace. One of them, Bailey Riley, works as a server at a different chain restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. She said if signed into law, the proposal would pad cor...

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